Joanna, Ryan, Nic, and I enjoyed a lovely Thursday evening out in the porch at our house. It’s been a while since Joanna has been able to have any fun because of finishing up school so it was great to get together and relax a little, laugh a lot, and do a some brainstorming about the blog. Aaaand talking about being neighbors…you know, have like, eight kids each…push the babies in the stroller to each others house to hang out……get our blog on during the kiddies afternoon nap time. Love it.
Of course, when you get two women together who love all things “natural”, healthy, and are both in their serious baby making years, the topic of breastfeeding is sure to come up when one of us (me) is nursing. With Joanna’s vast knowledge of pre and post natal baby care and her great connections to midwives and lactation consultants, we talk about my experience with breastfeeding all the time, especially with my recent low milk production problem…
I’d have to say, since my last post about my breast feeding issue that I have seen a little increase in my milk supply, which is exciting. I have heard that once you see your milk supply decrease, it typically continues to plummet from there. Eek. When I shared with Jo that I’m willing to pull out all the stops, umm…besides resorting to a prescription medication, she asked me if I had tried lactation cookies? Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to solve my low milk supply issue? Ugh, I mean, if I have to…
To spend almost $20 on a starter pack for the pre-made cookies might sound like a lot but would admittedly be well worth the cost. The cost alone of having to supplement with formula would make these cookies worth it if you think about it. But just like everything else, I knew I could get my bake on in the kitchen and create something delicious and equally as effective. Ingredient lists for these lactation cookies can be found all over the internet. So after a little recipe stalking and personal ingredient tweaking to create a cookie my taste buds would love, I came up with this tasty treat of a recipe:
Laura’s Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Lactation Cookies
½ cup butter
6 oz applesauce
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
4 heaping Tbsp brewer’s yeast
¼ cup ground flax seed
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter, applesauce, and sugars with a mixer. Keep that mixer mixing and add the eggs and vanilla. Set your mixer to the low or stir setting and add in the remaining ingredients until they are well combined. Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto your cookie sheet. I used a Silpat baking sheet on my cookie sheet to keep them from sticking. Bake for 10-12 minutes. I put my first batch directly on the cookie sheet without any cooking spray and I had a mess. I used my Pampered Chef cookie scooper so that I had perfectly formed cookies, which gave me about 4 dozen cookies.
If you read the recommendations about how many cookies to eat per day for lactating women, most say between 1-3. I like this recommendation because I like cookies. Not lactating? Don’t worry. The key lactating ingredients in this recipe are the oats, brewer’s yeast, and flax seed. While brewer’s yeast to some may seem like the only odd cookie ingredient listed above, it’s great for everyone even if you aren’t nursing. Look at it as a super food! More on brewer’s yeast in a minute.
I’m a big fan of substituting ingredients in recipes, but if you are going to make these cookies for the lactation power, do not remove the oats, flax seed, or the brewer’s yeast. Here’s why:
- Oats are great to eat if you are lactating or not but they are an amazing whole grain with iron and antioxidants. It is recommended you up your intake of oats if you are looking to boost your milk supply.
- Flax seed has healthy fats galore. Super important for breast feeding mothers and babies for healthy brain development.
- Brewer’s yeast is loaded with B vitamins, amino acids, and lovely minerals that your body needs. Until I had done additional research on this topic I didn’t know that it is considered a traditional herbal remedy for increasing breast milk production
I have been eating these cookies for about 5 days now and I would say that I have seen a small increase in my milk supply. I don’t want to get too optimistic, but we will see how this week goes. I didn’t have to defrost any milk for Lyla today to supplement what I was able to feed her myself. Yesterday was a different story. She drank 11 ounces in two hours. Really?! How am I supposed to keep up with that? I haven’t produced that much milk since she was like two months old and I was nursing like eight hours out of each day. What a little piglet!
Another thought is that eating 3 cookies per day should boost my calorie intake overall which would be a good thing for milk production.
Enough talk of milk supply! Let’s eat some cookies! I hope you enjoy these even if you aren’t looking to lactate! They are delicious!
This recipe was shared on Fresh Bites Friday and Fat Tuesday.
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