At our house right now, it’s all about the baby!
And for Baby, it’s all about the Milk!
My daughter is hoping to continue breast feeding after she has to return to work. This will mean pumping enough milk to keep him satisfied while she is gone. Being an RN, we will need enough milk on hand to cover the long shifts that a nurse works.
So today I made her some Lactation Cookies. These cookies should increase her production and help get the reserve supply ready.
The main ingredients that cause an increase in lactation are Brewers Yeast (not yeast flakes or baking yeast) and Ground Flax. Both can be found at a Health Food store and if you are lucky, your local supermarket may carry them too. I was able to get the Flax at mine.
I found several recipes online, but in the end decided to play around with them until I came up with the recipe I made today.
I tried to keep them healthy, but let’s face it, if you’re going to call a thing a Cookie – it needs to taste good! I’m using Coconut Oil in place of Butter. It’s a much better choice. I’ve used 1/2 Whole Wheat Flour and 1/2 white to add some nutrients. And cut out Granulated Sugar by replacing it with Brown Sugar. Still not truly healthy, but it seems like a better idea.
She approved! They are quite tasty. Not an eewy gooey traditional sweet treat, but still, very good. Oh yeah, I added some chocolate chips too!
So here’s the recipe:
1 cup Coconut Oil
2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Brown Sugar
In a separate bowl, stir together:
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup White Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
2 Tbs Ground Flax
4 Tbs Brewers Yeast
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Gradually add this to the oil and sugar and mix well. The dough will be dry. Add 3-5 Tbs water, enough to cause it to stick together when rolled into a ball.
Fold in 3 cups Thick Cut Oats (Old Fashioned Oatmeal will work too) but apparently thick is better.
Now comes the optional stuff. Stir in something to flavor them up depending on Mom’s preference. I added 1 cup each Chocolate Chips and White Chocolate Chips (my daughter likes her sweets!). But you could add, mashed Bananas, Dried Cranberries, Raisins, whatever sounds good to Mom.
Roll them into balls and flatten on the cookie sheet ( I suppose you could leave them as balls if you wanted to). Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until just brown.
I wasn’t able to find anything definitive on how many she should eat per day, so we decided she will start with 3 each day and see how it goes. Maybe as a bedtime snack – oh I forgot she doesn’t get to sleep yet!