Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lactation Cookies- Three Ways!


Breastfeeding can be a challenge, an exhausting, emotional, totally rewarding challenge. Even without latch issues or other physiological issues, it can still be difficult. In the beginning, baby O and I were great and then a few weeks later I had to take an antibiotic that all but killed my supply. After days of taking supplements to help increase my supply, power pumping, some tears, and telling myself I should just give up,  I remembered I made another batch of lactation cookies, decided I was not going to give up breastfeeding, and never look back.  That was a month ago and baby O and I are still going strong.

But now I make lactation cookies regularly and eat one or two every day. Since the recipe makes so many one batch actually last a while too! But, I'm just going to be honest, this post should actually be titled I'm Indecisive and I Like Options. When I first read the recipe 4 dozen seemed like entirely too many of one cookie so I decided to have a few options on hand! These cookies contain oats, ground flax meal, and brewer's yeast all of which help boost your milk supply. Cookies and an increased milk supply?! Yes please, sign me up. I never really need an excuse for cookies but it is nice to have one! Has anybody tried lactation cookies and seen an improvement? Let me know in the comments below.


 

 Variations: 
  • Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies
  • Glazed Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Craisin Lactation Cookies

I love that this basic lactation cookie recipe is so versatile, you can just decide if you want regular cookies or ones with a nut butter whip up the base recipe for either plain or cookies with nut butters and divide the cookie dough into a couple different bowls, mix in what you like and have 2+ different kinds of cookies. Time saving is crucial when you're racing against the napping-baby clock. When I make these I just mix in whatever I have on hand which in the past has varied from chopped nuts, dried fruit, nut butters, chocolate chips, candies, etc. Just to give you a couple ideas.

Recipe adapted from here

Basic Lactation Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • .5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups of mix-ins (chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of brewer's yeast

Nut Butter Lactation Cookies

  • 1 cup nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter, etc)
  • .5 cup butter
  • .5 cup sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • .5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1.5 cup of mix-ins (chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of brewer's yeast 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer cream butter and sugar (or butter, nut butter, and sugar) together. Mix in one egg at a time and then add vanilla. In separate bowl combine all dry ingredients and slowly add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir in mix-ins, mix just until combined. Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheet, baking for 9-12 minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to cooking rack until cooled. Once completely cooled, add glaze if desired.

Glaze

.5 cup powdered sugar
.5 teaspoon vanilla
1-3 tablespoons milk, depending on consistency desired







What are some of your favorite mix-ins of choice?  If you try this recipe please tell me about it. I love getting feedback about what did and didn't work for you.

Enjoy!
xo

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