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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies
February 12, 2016
So breastfeeding can be a Big ol' B, I'm just going to say it.
It's especially bad in the first couple days after giving birth. Your nipples are cracked, it hurts (INTENSELY) when the baby latches, your boobs are swollen and rock hard. Trust me when I say that it WILL GET BETTER! I swear! You just have to tough it out for 2-3 days, or more truthfully your nipples have to tough it out to get accustom to the new sensations.
Then its Easy Peasy!! Well, at least according to my experiences. I know everyone is different so feed your child however you wish. As long as you are feeding your children, whether its boob or bottle, you are doing just fine mama.
But if you do plan on breastfeeding, you get to take part in the delicious past time known as Lactation cookies!
Whether you have supply issues and can't seem to make enough milk for your little one, or if you just want to eat delicious cookies that are good for your milk-this ones for you!
Here is what you will need.....
Stand Mixer (I have a Kitchen Aid)
Ingredients (yields approx. 2 dozen cookies)
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flax seed meal (ground flax seed)
*you can find this at Wholefoods in the section that has loose beans and nuts
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon Brewer's yeast *we found ours at Wholefoods
1 1/2 cups organic rolled oats *again got these at Wholefoods
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1. Cream together butter and sugars.
2. Add egg, vanilla and flax to the butter and sugar mixture and mix.
3. Slowly add the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, brewer's yeast and oats) to the wet, mixing well after each addition.
4. Stir in chocolate chips.
*note you can also add things like chopped walnuts or dried cranberries as additional ingredients, just reduce amount of chocolate chips if you add other add ins.
The mixture will look like this:
5. Use a melon baller or ice cream scooper to drop the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Or you can just make small balls by hand.
6. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 minutes.
7. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then move to a cooling rack or plate.
8. Eat, enjoy and make some milk mamas!
---Not a lactating mama but want to put together a nice gift for your friend who is? Layer all the dry ingredients in a mason jar and attach the recipe on a cute little recipe card for the perfect post-partum gift. (As seen on Pinterest, obviously)
---Or if you don't feel like baking at all, you can buy already made Lactation cookies that are pretty good. My friend got me Milk Makersand they were really good. Not home made or anything but a really great option (you can buy them on Amazon!)
Do you have a favorite Lactation cookie recipe? What are your favorite add ins? Nuts? Cranberries? Share it in the comments below!