Boobfood: Lactation Cookies
I've made a recent discovery that I would feel guilty not sharing. While mining through the internet working on another piece for this blog about breastfeeding, I struck gold. GOLD, ladies! Well, actually, I struck chocolate, and a bunch of other ingredients it turns out are really good for nursing moms. I even learned a new word! Say it with me: Galacatagogue. It means a substance that increases lactation. You, like me, may be thinking, "Wait,whaaaa? There are foods I can eat to increase milk supply? Cookies, you say? Do tell!" Well, fret not, dear mommies. That's what I'm here for.
|The Fontana di Nettuno- Bologna, Italy|
So what makes these "Lactation Cookies" and not just insanely yummy ones? Well, a lot of reasons, really. It has everything to do with the ingredients! Some, like baking soda & powder, water (duh) and vanilla need not be specific. Some, like the oats, do. I'll explain to you what is important and why, if only so you can sound intelligent and justified while talking with your mouth full and licking chocolate off of your fingers.
There are plenty of ways to add oats to your diet, aside from eating a bowl for breakfast or making cookies. You can use sites like Epicurious or AllRecipes, trusty ol' Google or the ever blossoming Pinterest. (Follow me here!) I encourage you to check them out- variety is the spice of life, no? Okay: back to the cookies.
The second ingredient also known for its fibrous and milk making properties, ismilled flax seed. Milled flax is different than whole flax seeds, which essentially count as raw fiber go & go right on through without being digested much, if at all. Milled flax is already broken down to allow for better absorption. Not only does flax share the fibrous & galactagogue properties of oats, it is also full of *highly necessary* Omega Fatty Acids for mother and baby both. Omegas are critical for the brain development & growth of little ones. (Back off! I'm eating these for my baby'sbrain, thankyouverymuch...") You may have seen or heard all the buzz a few years ago when companies started adding DHA into formula. However, studies have shown that the DHA in formula can cause diarrhea, which has led to dehydration, even seizures! Yikes. I'll stick with eating cookies and breastfeeding, thanks.
- one small (ramekin-size) bowl, one medium & one large mixing bowl
- to preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Combine in small bowl & set aside to be added into wet mixture:
- 4 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons milled flaxseed (or flaxseed meal)
Beat together, one at a time into large bowl:
- 1 cup (two sticks) of butter (If you need dietary justification for this, click here and read where it suggests breastfeeding mothers, "get regular and substantial amounts of butter." Seriously.)
- 1 cup (raw or unbleached) sugar
- 1 cup of (packed) brown sugar
- 2 eggs (I use cage & antibiotic free)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons of molasses (or to taste, if that's not you're thing)
- the flax & water mixture you just made
- 2 cups flour (I use half whole wheat, half pastry flour)
- 4 tablespoons (this is the good stuff, ladies!) of Brewer's Yeast
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon (l5 shakes-ish) of cinnamon
- 3 cups rolled (thick cut) oats
- 1 cup (or up to a whole package if you'e not adding nuts) of semisweet chocolate chips (if you need a dark chocolate disclaimer, click here:)
- 1 cup of chopped macadamia nuts, cashews or almonds
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and let them cool before moving so they don't get crumbly.