Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. It’s completely natural and it can be easy and convenient way to feed your child. It’s something our bodies are made to do, and is an amazing way to bond with our baby. Unfortunately not all women are capable of breastfeeding, and that’s OK. As individuals, we have to figure out what works best for ourselves. The important thing to remember is that “fed is best” and you’re doing a great job!
When it comes to pumping, I’ve always found that breast pumps are not as efficient as a baby is at removing milk from your breast. Unfortunately this can put a damper on overall milk supply. Breastmilk output is very much reliant on supply and demand. Baby demands more milk, body supplies more milk. Baby demands less milk, body supplies less milk. The less you pump, the less you produce. Coinciding with this, one of the biggest challenges mamas face with prolonged breastfeeding is low supply. If you struggle with this, don’t give up! There are still things you can do to help.
Shortly after my return to work from 5 months of maternity leave, I noticed my supply started to dip. My pumping output went from 4-6 ounces per session (3 sessions during a regular work shift) to 2 ounces per session if I was lucky. I had to add 2 sessions per day, but I still was not getting enough milk to cover how much Alexander would need in daycare. Ouch.
So obviously I had to figure out something to help increase my output. I was quickly burning through my frozen stash and I was determined to make it to 1 year exclusively breastfeeding Alexander. I loaded up on Fenugreek, More Milk Plus, Goats Rue, Oatmeal… you name it! I may have ended up smelling like maple syrup and breakfast (thanks to the Fenugreek and Oatmeal), but they definitely helped.
Talking about these challenges with my moms group, I was told to try Lactation Cookies. I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but I love cookies and my metabolism was through the roof thanks to breastfeeding. So yeah, I’d love to eat some cookies. My girlfriend passed along this amazing recipe which I was eager to try it out. These cookies were the bomb. They were chewy, sweet, and boy did they do their job! I would eat one or two of these tasty treats and pump 8-10 ounces! There were times where Alexander would fill up on milk from one breast and the other breast would be totally full. So yeah, don’t eat all in one sitting.
So, if you’re interested in making some lactation cookies, below is the recipe.
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
- 1 cup coconut oil, or unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
- 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or a combo of the three
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flax seed and water in a small bowl, let sit. Beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar until blended, about 60 seconds. Add the eggs and mix. Add the flax seed mix, and vanilla, and beat until well blended. Stir together the flour, baking soda, salt and brewer’s yeast in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mix. Throw in the chocolate chips and mix.
Scoop dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet or silicone mat, and bake for approximately 16 minutes for larger sized cookies. Remove from oven and let sit for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a baking rack and let cool. This recipe yields a ton of cookies, so I like to freeze them for longer shelf life. When you want to eat a cookie, pop it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and enjoy!
XOTell your friends!