Monday, June 9, 2014

Breastfeeding Advice & Lactation Cookies

 First, thank you so much to all of you who emailed or commented on my instagram with advice on how to boost my milk supply. I read all 118 comments and was so encouraged and motivated to keep my breastfeeding journey going! 
In case you or another mama you know is struggling to boost her milk supply, here is a condensed list of advice that was passed along to me:
-  Seek a lactation consultant
- Join your local La Leche League
- Eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast
- Drink Mother's Milk Tea, dark beer, apple juice and lots of water
- Vitamins & Herbs: More Milk Plus, Fennugreek, Brewers Yeast, Flax Seed
- Relax
- Nurse and pump often
- Make sure to eat enough protein throughout the day
- Get lots of skin to skin time
- Reglan (prescription required)
- Visit KellyMom.com
- Lactaction cookies
-Prayer!
At the end of the day, you have to do what works for you. Personally, supplementing formula (as directed by my lactation consultant, pediatrician and OB) is absolutely necessary for me to give Caroline the nutrition she needs during such a critical time. The silver lining? By incorporating bottles almost immediately, Matt has been able to be involved with feedings, especially during the nighttime.  
The first few months are crucial for bonding with your baby, so if breastfeeding is preventing you from enjoying that time with your munchkin, don't be afraid or ashamed to throw in the towel. I had lots of moms (especially second time moms) tell me they were much happier once they started using formula.
 
On to the sweet stuff - lactation cookies! I have tried half a dozen recipes so far and most of them seemed to leave a bitter after taste. After lots of trial and error I finally found one that I was able to slightly adapt to make it perfect!
Lactation Cookies
Adapted from How Sweet Eats

Ingredients:
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons brewers yeast
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons organic unsalted butter
4 tablespoons organic coconut oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2  large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven the 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy. Add in the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined again. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula until they are evenly dispersed.

Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms are just golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.
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27 comments:

  1. This is all great advice!! Hang in there girl- it gets easier! It's hard to believe and hard to relax about it but seriously once you hit the 6-8 week mark it gets better. Kellymom.com was my lifesaver during breastfeeding- I think I spent hours on it every day the first two months! Caroline is such a cutie and you're doing a great job so far.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! This is going to be incredibly helpful for me come September :)

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  3. Definitely keeping this post handy. I want to breastfeed, but I've heard that is such a trying time that I want to have resources in case it's not working the way every mom hopes it will. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  4. I totally agree about throwing in the towel! Breastfeeding did a number on me physically (I had severe mastitis) and emotionally and I thought quitting breastfeeding meant I was a terrible mother. Now I look back and realize how much happier I was for stopping and how making that choice only made me a better mom because I was finally able to enjoy my child not resent her for all the pain I was in. Best of luck on your journey! Congrats on the precious little one!

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  5. I totally agree about throwing in the towel! Breastfeeding did a number on me physically (I had severe mastitis) and emotionally and I thought quitting breastfeeding meant I was a terrible mother. Now I look back and realize how much happier I was for stopping and how making that choice only made me a better mom because I was finally able to enjoy my child not resent her for all the pain I was in. Best of luck on your journey! Congrats on the precious little one!

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  6. I totally agree about throwing in the towel! Breastfeeding did a number on me physically (I had severe mastitis) and emotionally and I thought quitting breastfeeding meant I was a terrible mother. Now I look back and realize how much happier I was for stopping and how making that choice only made me a better mom because I was finally able to enjoy my child not resent her for all the pain I was in. Best of luck on your journey! Congrats on the precious little one!

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  7. Hang in there! I have a three week old son, and I can tell you that my entire day revolves around breastfeeding. The WHOLE thing! It's a ton of work, perhaps the most work regarding a newborn, but it is so important and worth it for your sweet little one to have the nutrition. Know that all other new, breastfeeding mamas - myself included! - are right there with you :) (You know, with our gallon jugs of water we have to carry around and pumps on the ready!)

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  8. I'll have to save this recipe, thanks for sharing!

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  9. I took Motherslove supplements. My supply was never steller. I pumped all the time but I think the supplement helped me get as much as I did.

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  10. Great advice. I can't wait to pass this treasure along :)

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  11. Totally saving this recipe! Thanks!

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  12. I struggled at first but made it an entire year!! You can do it!!! :)

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  13. Look at that sweet little babe! She is so precious. I'm glad to hear that you are finding ways to make it work for you. I ended up in the solely pumping club- no fun! I gave it a good go but was so much happier once I decided to quit that. And Weeks loved formula! Filled him up:) Good luck!!

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  14. These cookies seem super healthy! Do you think it would be strange to eat them even if your not breastfeeding!?? lol! :)

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  15. Great advice!! I beat myself up over and over for running out of milk with my first (and tried absolutely everything possible) and somebody actually went as far as to tell me I would be giving my child "poison" switching to formula. Oh, the things you wish you would have known then that you know now!! In the end you absolutely have to do what is best for you and your babe! Once I stopped pumping and told myself I was a great mother regardless of breastfeeding or formula, I was able to relax and just enjoy my beautiful girl!! Whatever choice you make, you are an amazing mama and doing what's best :)
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  16. I've made these cookies a few times too! Also, I add a spoonful of brewers yeast and flax seed to my morning oatmeal, for a triple boost!

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  17. I've made these cookies a few times too! Also, I add a spoonful of brewers yeast and flax seed to my morning oatmeal, for a triple boost!

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  18. Great advice. It was the hardest thing I've ever done-but worth it in the end. That being said, whatever a loving mom chooses is best! Moms should love each other more and judge less!!! You are beautiful and so is that precious girl. Enjoy this fleeting time!

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  19. Well done mama, you can be so proud of yourself. You really are an incredible mama and are doing so much to keep on going and persevering! I have also recently had to top up with formula and it has been one of the best things I could do too - I am now pumping to also try and help my supply but won't be stressing myself out. Well done and thank you for speaking out because so many moms are too scared to "give up" x

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  20. Re-reading this post! Thank you so much for your advice & thanks for sharing this recipe! I've pinned it & plan on making them soon!!

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