As I think everyone can agree, the best part of Thanksgiving is clearly pie. And while, for most people, Thanksgiving pie is just a sweet treat at the end of a filling meal (and breakfast the next morning), for breastfeeding mamas, if you make the right pies, you just might be able to boost your milk supply while you enjoy dessert. If you'll have a breastfeeding mom at your dinner table this Thanksgiving — or you're just tasked with baking the pies — consider these pies to increase milk supply. They might work or they might not, but either way, there's pie, so it's a winning situation no matter what.
From fall classics, like maple pear and ginger pie, to more exotic options, like a tahini mousse pie, there are several options that will give breastfeeding moms even more reason to embrace the season of giving thanks. If you're trying to make a more "purposeful" pie, you first need to know what kinds of ingredients are considered natural galactagogues. In case you're unaware, galactagogues are items that help boost breast milk production and lactation in mammals, as Organic Lifestyle explained. Lactation consultant Jessica Barton posted on her website that while galactagogues do work, they are most effective when paired with regular breastfeeding and pumping. While many known natural galactagogues might not seem to go well in pies, there are a few that will produce solid showstoppers, well-suited to end one of the fussiest meals you'll eat all year. Pick your favorite galactagogue, bake up a pie, potentially boost milk supply — there's a lot to be thankful for this year.