Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lactation Cookies

I've posted this recipe on Facebook for my nursing mama friends but I want to include it on my blog, I think it will be easier to find that way.

These very tasty cookies contain 3 ingredients that are supposed to help boost milk supply: oats (it
must be old-fashioned rolled oats, not quick-cooking or instant), brewer's yeast, and flax seed meal.

Fenugreek is one of the oldest galactogogues (substance that increases milk-production) and I read on another blog that some bakers open a couple capsules of it and put it in their dough as well. So I put 3 in mine (more is better, right?). I found this fenugreek at Wal-mart but they must have ordered it for someone that didn't buy all of it because I haven't seen it since. You can find it at most any vitamin/health food store. Fenugreek can be taken by mouth, and the effective dosage for increasing milk supply is around 1500mg three times a day. That's usually 3 pills 3 times a day.

Most people in our area have never heard of Brewer's yeast. I've been told by workers at Walmart that it is on the baking aisle, but I've yet to find it. Apparently it comes in pills and a powder. I've not found the powder here in Savannah, and haven't really looked that hard for it. You can purchase the powder online I found today. Some cans of it as low as like $5.50 for a pound. I just use my mini food-processor to pulverize the pills, and sift out the large pieces left using a strainer to get the powder. I am on the hunt for a mortar and pestal to grind them up.

Lactation Cookies Recipe

1 cup butter
 1 cup white sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
4 tablespoons brewer's yeast

Preheat oven to 350°

Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
Add eggs and mix well.
Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
Stir in oats and chips.
Scoop onto baking sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.

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