Saturday, May 05, 2012

Lactation Cookies Are the New Labor Cake

There's no denying it, I've crossed over to the dark side. I'm a mom now, and it appears that I'm now willing to post personal details about my body on the internet.  Something no one prepared me for when I was pregnant was how hard breastfeeding would be. 6 weeks in, I'm still fighting like mad to make it work and I'm still not sure it will. In the meantime, I'm holding onto hope and coping the only way I know how: with cookies.

Lactation Cookies

I know what you're probably thinking: lactation cookies?! Really, Amy?

Hey, I'm willing to give anything a try at this point if it might help us, even if it's an old wives' tale I read about on the internet. I've done it before and I'll do it again (the labor cake didn't work, by the way. Shocker!). It's not like this is going to turn you into a milk cow if you're not in a position in life where you'd like to increase your milk supply. But for those of us looking to promote healthy lactation, why not, right? Even though the recipe calls for some slightly unusual ingredients, these actually taste really good. Like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a slightly nutty extra kick. You can find more info about the recipe and rationale behind the ingredients here.

Lactation Cookies
Adapted from Peaceful Parenting
Makes ~3 dozen
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup milled flaxseed
3 tbsp brewer's yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 c.  (1 12 oz bag) semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. chopped toasted walnuts
1 3/4 cups rolled oats

1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

2. With an electric mixer in a large bowl, beat peanut butter, butter, flaxseed, brewer's yeast, sugars, and water until creamy. Beat in eggs until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts until well distributed, and then stir in oats in several additions.

3. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and flatten each one slightly. Bake on the middle oven rack for 12 minutes and allow to cool completely before serving.


Marianne said...

Lactation cookies! They're a new mama's special treat, because you can tell everyone else that if they eat them, they'll start lactating (i.e. hands off)!

Best of luck with your breastfeeding journey- it's not easy for everyone, but there are tons of resources out there to help. In case you haven't found The Leaky Boob yet, check it out:

It was really helpful for me when it came to supply issues, infections, and support (you never know what article or advice might just keep you going for one more day). Good luck!!

Jenni said...

Did you like them? I made a batch that seems to be a similar recipe and I was underwhelmed. Whatever the case may be, they seemed to do the trick. Hope they are working for you! xoxo <3

Amy I. said...

@Jen Yes! They were really tasty. I changed some of the ingredients (used white instead of whole wheat flour, chunky PB instead of smooth) to help them taste a little better.

Renee said...

Love these cookies!!! Sure wish I knew about them back when I was lactating!!! Enjoy every cookie and don't worry about the calories! Remember you're burning 500 calories a day by just sitting around making milk! I'm sad I can no longer say, "I make milk, what's your super power?"

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