Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lactation Cookies - Oatmeal Chocolate Chip


Back in January I touched on the difficulty I had with breast feeding in my post Breast Feeding Gone Wrong. It's been my most popular post to date. Many women wrote to me telling me how difficult they found it to breast feed, including some of the responses they received from other people when they decided to move on and formula feed. 


Before I had my baby I read an honest post too by Karen at Yellow Dandy. In it she discusses her breast feeding journey with her first born. I recently told her how glad I was to read that post before having my baby because it prepared me; it let me know that breast feeding can have it's challenges. I had no idea that I was about to face some of the hardest ones that come with breast feeding, like lip and tongue ties and pumping around the clock.
The hardest of all was dealing with my supply when it dropped because my baby couldn't latch properly due to his ties.
I did everything I could to bump my supply: from weeks of prescription medication, expensive natural remedy with fenugreek in them, to pumping after every feed, then baking these delicious cookies. The problem with baking these was that I was very, very low on energy, and time. My best advice -



If you are reading this before your baby has arrived count yourself lucky because you have time to make and freeze the dough into a cookie log for future use. 
That way you can cut off the frozen dough from the log and bake them frozen as needed. I can guarantee you this dough will be in my freezer before baby number 2 comes along. This cookie recipe is so good you'll probably want to make these cookies even if you aren't breast feeding (just leave the yeast out). My husband loved them (and no, he didn't lactate but that would have come in handy and given me some respite).

If you know a new mum to-be: make the lactation cookie dough and give it to her as a gift.
If you know someone who just had a baby and is struggling then bake that bitch some of these lactation cookies! I have mailed these cookies to a new mum in Perth. Committed!
Help a motha out, yo!

Lactation Cookie Recipe
250g (approx. 1 cup) butter 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal* 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them 1 cup or more chocolate chips 2 generous tablespoons of brewers yeast **
Preheat oven at 180C (350F) - [160C for Fan forced]
Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes.
Cream butter with sugars until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs one at a time.
Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the butter/sugar mix. Beat until well combined.
Sift dry ingredients (except oats and chocolate chips) over the butter mix. Add oats and chips and mix until well combined. Onto an un-greased cookie sheet, drop tablespoons full, at least 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden
* I used flaxseed (Also known as Linseed) because I didn't have the meal. Now that I had a food processor I could just blitz the seed in my the processor for a minute to get flaxseed meal. 
** Brewers yeast can be found at home-brew or brew your own shops. It is a pretty key ingredient to the success of these cookies bringing on some milk in the boob-a-la-chees, as are the flaxseed and oats!

24 comments:

  1. These sound great and as I am breastfeeding, I shall try! Breastfeeding six children over the years it wasn't until baby number five that I actually mastered the art! It's a killer slog but finally my fifth baby took to it like a pro. Now feeding number six at two... X

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  2. Loved these. I shared the recipe in a book on breasfeeding advice I was part of. Important to remember that these won't boost supply on their own- but in conjunction with loads of demand feeding they're great! And super yummy!

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  3. Wow. I've never even heard of such a thing. What a great idea. I remember your breastfeeding post well and I think I shared with you a little of my tongue and upper lip tie troubles with my girls. Breastfeeding can certainly be a bumpy round for some of us. Anything I can do to help my friends and family have a smoother experience, I will. #teamIBOT

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I'll be making these before bub comes in April (so long as I remember to...)

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  5. @Jody at Six Little Hearts A Jody comment!! YAY! It worked. I remember you saying that it's been a challenge for your six. Why can't it just be easier the 2nd time around? Why. WAHHHH! haha. I'm glad you finally get an easier time of it with baby six. You freaking deserve a gold medal!

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  6. @HandbagMafia GREAT point. Yes, lot's of feeding will boost supply. As I mentioned too I did prescription, pumping and fenugreek. So exhausting. What I really needed was my baby's mouth to latch properly - that would have been the best medicine, eh. BUT these cookies are damn yummy! Any excuse to feed a starving mother too!

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  7. @Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me really? Pinky Mackay charges $25.95 for a 300g box of her lactation cookies. I did NOT have the money for that. She saw me comment in a thread once and told me all about how incredible the ingredients were in her cookies. I'm sure they are royal, however - I am not. A pauper makes her own lactation cookies!!

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  8. @Becky Can you just let a friend know this is what you would like as a shower gift? Mmmm. Cookies!!! Then you don't have to remember with prego-brain! :)

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  9. I'm due with baby #3 at the end of the month so I'll try to get a batch of cookie dough ready (if I have time!) and give it a go. I didn't have much luck breastfeeding my first two girls, but maybe third time lucky?! :)

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  10. Jess these biscuits look and sound delicious! I did breastfeed all 3 of my kidlets our first was the most difficult, we only made it to 5 months then it was onto formula.

    I was always famished while breastfeeding especially in those early days, a batch of these treasures prepped and ready in the freezer would have been heavenly! I think these cookies are a brilliant idea. I've know quite a few new mums who'd love this recipe, I'll be sure to share it on my page over the weekend.
    Thanks for linking up with us here at Fabulous Foodie Fridays. x

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  11. These look great. I struggled with supply issues with both my boys and thanks to what I'd learnt the first time round we made it to 10mths with our baby boy with a combination of pumping, fenugreek capsules and of course lactation cookies!

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  12. Lucy @ Bake Play SmileMarch 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Unfortunately I don't need these cookies, but I've just emailed your link to a few friends who are breastfeeding or just about to have their bubs!!!

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  13. This sounds similar to a recipe I use, but Im dairy-free free so use Nuttelex & cacao nibs as subs. They're yum!! And they really work!! I'm still breastfeeding my 19 month old & if I need to boost my supply I just whop up a batch of these!

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  14. I didn't have any trouble feeding my girls, but that didn't stop me from making lactation cookies and eating ALL of them. Pinning so that other mummies can benefit. xx

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  15. I had someone give me lactation cookies during my last breastfeeding stint and they really did work. I didn't need them though and went into overdrive.

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  16. I've heard about the wonders of lactation cookies and yes...flaxseed oil was the winning ingredient. I had no issues with supply. A huge relief seeing I was feeding twins :)

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  17. @Grace thank you so much for sharing this on your page! I'll have to buy some flaxseed oil. I reckon it would be more concentrated that just using flaxseed next time around. Thanks for the tip!

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  18. I know! I wonder about that. My BFF in Canada would not need these cookies at all, except for the snack factor! Some women's boobies are incredible milk-makers all on their own!

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  19. Hahahah! @Amanda Smyth Thank you so much for pinning the recipe. I am on pinterest too. Add me and I'll add you! :)

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  20. @Mumma McD I use nuttelex. Didn't even occur to me with finishing my Whole30 that it's a dairy free product. HA! I am not sure if it's completely paleo friendly for me but can't be too legalistic. I think I'll use coconut oil in mine next time.

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  21. @Lucy @ Bake Play Smile Wow, that's so kind of you to share my post with your friends. Thank you so much!

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  22. @Lauren @ Create Bake Make it's really a part-time job on the side of having a new bub to contend with, isn't it! Wow. I will have to get the capsules last time because I spilled the expensive mixture I got last time and that was as upsetting as spilling my pumped milk.

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  23. @Dannielle from @ Zamamabakes thanks for visiting. I only made it to 5 months with my last, and only JUST. There was a lot of mix-feelings and feedings. haha.
    Breastfeeding gives you the biggest appetite but also exhausts you enough to not want to make yourself something decent, hey!

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  24. @Erika @ Ever-changing Life of Yes, the tricky bit is getting that yeast. You don't want to run out to a brewer with a new born and 2 kids in tow. No way. Smart doing it now! My friend pumped a month before her baby came and she had great supply. I might try that next time - nipple stimulation, eh!

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