A cookie is a cookie. But, a lactation cookie has the added benefit of claiming to help with one’s milk supply, therefore you are permitted to over indulge, no? I am really proud to have made it all the way to 6 months exclusively nursing Henry. With going back to work when he was a wee 8 weeks old, I did not have much confidence in being able to maintain my supply through pumping. Thankfully, I have been able to. There have been a number of days or weeks when I felt that my supply was going down or Henry’s appetite was peaking and these continue to concern me. My next goal is 9 months and then 1 year. I feel that by setting these shorter nursing goals I relieve a lot of the pressure on my body to produce what it must. I have a little stash in the freezer that provides added comfort toward making my 1 year goal, but I also know how quickly that stash can be depleted! Henry has recently started to add solids to his diet and while these do not act as meal replacement, they do help him get through the work day on what I am able to pump from the previous day and then I frantically fill in the gaps with nursing at home and still at least once in the early morning hours. Having just come off a two week vacation (where my pump retired itself to the closet) I feel as though my supply has changed. I know my body needs to get accustomed to our old work routine and I need to be patient but I also need something to help calm my racing, frantic mind. That is where the cookies come in. If you Google how to increase your breast milk supply a few suggestions are commonly shared: Pump more. check. Nurse as often as you can. check. Drink mother’s milk tea. Yuck, but check. Try Lactation cookies. Mmmmm check! I have made these cookies a few times and really love them. They may be helping, they may not. But, they help give me peace of mind and that is priceless. it also helps that I think they are delicious!
I have been using this recipe (although interestingly they come out a little different each time). I know in the picture they look a bit like dog biscuits, but truly they taste much better than that. Trust me!
- 1 cup plain flour, add 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup low fat butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1 egg
- 2-3 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 tablespoons of brewers yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 & 1/2 cups steel cut oats
- Chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar then add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flaxseed and water, let sit for a few minutes before adding to mix.
- Add the dry ingredients (apart from the oats and your additional ingredients) and mix well again.
- Finally, stir in the oats and your chocolate chips.
- Bake for around 10-12 minutes at 350