Breastfeeding!! Now that’s a hot button topic right? It’s another one of those parenting things that you’re damned if you do (gross, breast feeding in public? hide those dirty pillows you slut!) and you’re damned if you don’t. (Oh my god, you formula feed? Might as well give your baby poison you selfish wench.) The parenting world is hard and trying to maneuver through the judgement of others is sometimes harder then the actual parenting itself.
I probably give myself way to much credit and you know why? Because I kill plants and I’m pretty sure that’s like the pre-baby parenting practice that most everyone excels at. The fact that I have a child that has made it to two years without too much damage deserves a huge pat on the back. Huge. That being said, I’ve learned a few cheats along the way that have made my life and The Dad’s a little bit easier.
When Jack was a wee baby – like wee- I was not producing milk. I was lucky enough to know an amazing woman and NICU nurse that gave me her breast milk until mine came in 14 days AFTER BIRTH. Yeah, it took a lot of eating hummus, drinking beer (chill out it was like one a night), doing ridiculous lactation yoga poses, and eating spoonfuls of brewer’s yeast before a friend said, “something something lactation cookies.” UH WHAT THE WHAT? I had never heard of these. It’s definitely one of those things you hear about by that one random crunchy mom friend that ate her placenta or that’s mentioned as the next “it” thing on some random mom blog. Let me tell you that if you get nothing else from this, you’ll at least get a reason to eat a bucket load of cookies. I think that they helped but it’s different for everyone so bake at your own risk. Also, these are safe for everyone – they aren’t going to make your older children or husband spontaneously lactate.
- one package of your favorite cookie mix (I used double chocolate by Among Friends as it tends to offer gluten free options and it’s a pretty legit little company)
- 2 T flaxseed meal mixed with 4 T water
- 3 T brewer’s yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 chocolate chips
Now this will sound tricky but it really isn’t. I wanted something easy that I didn’t have to have 20 ingredients for and every recipe I found had more than a dozen ingredients. Trying to have everything on hand all of the time or having a husband make these with a 4 foot list of ingredients can be daunting. So go out and buy your favorite cookie mix and I’ll tell you how to adjust it so that it’s easy to throw together.
Stuff to remember:
One T of Flaxseed meal with 2 T water is the equivalent of 1 medium egg
The recipe on the bag says to add 4 T butter, 2 eggs, and 1 t vanilla. I omit ONE egg since I have TWO T of Flaxseed meal. Since my recipe will be made a little larger I’ll need that extra T to compensate for the 1 cup of oatmeal. I’ll also need extra butter and sugar. Most other cookie recipes will be similar.
Make those milk makers:
- In a bowl add the contents of your package, and all of your ingredients. You don’t need to worry about wet or dry ingredients being separate. Just toss them all in a desperate ‘I need to feed my baby’ frenzy and you’re good to go. No joke – that easy. Mix them together until your cookies look like…well, cookie dough. If they seem too dry add a little more butter – like 2 T.
- Roll into 1 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
- Follow the instructions for baking on your package. This one called for 7-9 minutes at 350.
- If you have left over dough- I did-then ball them up and put them on parchment paper in the freezer for an hour. You can pull them out after that and throw them all in a ziploc until your ready to pop them in the oven. Add about 2 minutes of time if completely frozen.
- Your active ingredients to help produce milk fall in the brewer’s yeast and flaxseed meal. If you want to you can also add fenugreek. When I did – I would break up about 6 capsules and pour them into my mix.
- You can usually find the brewer’s yeast in the bulk section of many health food stores. We ended up buying a tub because I was convinced that I would need to be making these for years. ha. If you need to buy a tub – share it with a friend.
If you all are totally lost, comment on this post and I’ll help you out so that your first few weeks at home go just a tiny bit more smoothly. Also – check out this awesome website with some cool shirts that support parenthood and cool babies and toddlers! Link in the caption.