I don’t know if these Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies really help with milk supply, but I’m going to keep eating them to find out.
These Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies may help with milk supply and sweet cravings supply.
Let’s see, so much I can talk about when it come to breastfeeding. I don’t know if you will read the entire post if I truly said everything I could say about the subject. Therefore, I will just start off by saying this… breastfeeding is a gift and a curse. I mean I don’t know how our early ancestors did it! To constantly have a person latched onto your breast every 2-3 hours is daunting and tiring. If you think about it, most of our early ancestors had to work in fields, cook and clean, or just do any type of work and still feed their babies. There are so many annoying factors that come along with breastfeeding too! There are cluster feedings ( I seriously hate this); there is the strong likelihood that your baby may latch on wrong a time or two (OUCH), and how unattractive your boobs and nipples start to look in the process (thank God for nipple balm).
Nevertheless, I made the decision before I was pregnant to breastfeed. Mostly because it’s free and healthier for the baby. But most important because it’s free. In addition, the thought behind my baby drinking something made in a factory with a bunch of ingredients that I can’t pronounce doesn’t sit well with me. Now, I am not against formula. Heck, I have a few sample canisters that I’ve collected over the course of my pregnancy for when he absolutely needs it. And we had to supplement his feeding with formula in the hospital a couple of times until my breast milk came in. But, I prefer and always preferred to give my babies breast milk opposed to formula. It’s only right.
However, no one told me how much of a hostage you feel when you breastfeed! I am mean seriously. If I leave my house, I have to time very carefully when I come home. Heck, I have to run out and do whatever it is I need to do and come straight home! Arghhh! Can a sista just live?! I have started my breast milk bank, but I prefer for him to feed from me as often as possible because he will stimulate my breast to make more milk than a breast pump ever could. But really, this breastfeeding thing, although it s beautiful, it is a commitment. Especially in the beginning. I didn’t start giving my son a bottle until he was close to a month old. So you know what that means, right? Yep, every time he needed to eat I had to be there and I was there along with my tortured nipples. Uggh. With all of this complaining that I may seem to be doing, not once have I considered to stop breastfeeding. I love the benefits of breastfeeding which are an increase in IQ, better brain development, lowers risk of asthma and allergies, fewer time of being sick, contains antibodies to help with their immune system, and an have an impact on lowering the risk of certain cancers! I mean, the good definitely outweighs the bad, but let’s make no mistake, breastfeeding isn’t as pretty and beautiful as it seems in those pamphlets and tutorial videos. Luckily, there is a treat for all the hard work that your body is doing for you little one (LO).
One of the most awesome gifts that was given to me when we I came home from the hospital was a batch of Lactation Chocolate Chip Cookies (thanks Kassie!). One of my new friends, Kassie, was kind of enough to make some Lactation Chocolate Chip Cookies for me to help with my new journey as a breastfeeding mom. I’d never heard of these cookies being homemade as I only seen a bag of them being sold in Babies R Us for $24 (crazy expensive). I assumed, because I had only seen them in baby stores, there was some sort of magical ingredient to help with breast milk production. Well, maybe there is something extra in the Lactation Cookies sold in stores, but the kind made at home has some awesome ingredients that will do just fine. There are three ingredients in these Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies that can help support and/or increase breast milk supply. Those ingredients are
I can’t say that these cookies will DEFINITELY increase your milk supply, but I never had a problem producing either. Regardless if you are nursing or not, anyone can enjoy these cookies, even men. Men, I promise, you will not wake up leaking in the middle of the night. These Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies just so happen to have ingredients that supports breastfeeding moms! My main message to breastfeeding moms…WE CAN DO IT! There is soooo much more I can tell you about breastfeeding and my thoughts surrounding it, but I will do a part two post about this topic again at another date. Until then, keep up the good fight and have a cookie while you’re at it. I’m going to feed my baby.
Recipe partially adapted from How Sweet Eats
- 3 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1½ c.unbleached organic all-purpose flour
- 5 tbsp. brewers yeast
- 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp.ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 tbsp. unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
- 1½ c. organic cane sugar
- 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1½ cups chocolate chips (your choice)
- ½ c. pecan pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
- In a large mixing bowl, blend together the butter and coconut oil. Next add the egg and egg yolk and sugar. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and mix. Finally, gradually add the dry ingredients (rolled oats, flour, Brewers Yeast, ground flaxseed, and cinnamon). Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
- Space about an inch apart on the baking sheet making cookie dollops about a tablespoon full. Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes. All to cool and enjoy!