Monday, March 2, 2015

Mommy Mondays: More Milk Cookies

Alright Mamas, never in my life did I think I would be creating this post.  After not breastfeeding Lacie and giving up in the hospital with Blakely - I was determined to nurse Paisley!  My husband actually laughed at me when I said I was really going to do it this time!  In order to not feel intimidated or drive myself crazy, I set little goals...make it to one week, one month, two months.  My next goal is to exclusively breastfeed until 4 months!  Hopefully I will be able to set a goal of six months after that!

Here's something that no one tells you - breastfeeding is hard and not really all that natural (at least not for me).  I don't have the best milk supply and I feel like I have to work super hard to make enough milk, which could be due to the fact that Paisley is a fairly lazy eater whether she's nursing or drinking a bottle that I've pumped.  She does not eagerly gulp down her feedings like my other two - who were quite the chunky babies!  

So when shopping in the aisles of Wegmans, I came across a Lactation Cookie that was supposed to help boost supply.  I bought two and ate them and I did feel like I had a better supply that day.  These cookies cost $1.99 per cookie...CRAZY right?!?!  I could make cookies with the same key ingredients!  

I made these cookies!  Not only do they taste amazing but they definitely boosted my supply!  Eating 3 cookies per day helped me pump enough milk to create an emergency freezer stash while keeping Paisley fed and happy!!! 

Your Shopping List for More Milk Cookies:
  • 2 tbsp milled flax seed
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 to 4 tbsp brewers yeast powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 bag (2 cups) dark chocolate chips
These three ingredients are where the magic is!  They will boost your milk supply! 

Now Let's Make the More Milk Cookies:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line four cookie sheets with parchment paper 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the milled flax seed and water - set aside
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla
  5. Beat in the flax seed mixture
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, brewers yeast, cinnamon and nutmeg
  7. Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, beating on low speed until combined
  8. Beat in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough
  9. Use a cookie scoop to drop cookies onto prepared baking sheets
  10. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes until light golden brown on the bottom
  11. Cool cookies on baking sheets for two minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely
  12. Store in an airtight container

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