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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Breastfeeding : Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Lactation Cookies

I came across this when one of my forumer friend shared it in her Facebook. It's a recipe to bake a cookies. It's a cookies that is said to be able to boost the breastmilk supply as many lactating moms have claimed.

Well, I have stop breastfeeding. But still I thought it is good to share this with everyone else especially those who are still breastfeeding their child and have a low breastmilk supply. 

Hopefully this cookies can really helps to boost the breastmilk supply. Am keeping this recipe for my reference in the future. But I do hope that I'll have sufficient milk supply and don't need this in the future if I ever breastfeed though... :P

Picture from Diary Of A First Child

Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Lactation Cookies
Ingredients :-
- 1 cup of butter or margarine
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal (no substitution)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2-4 tablespoons of brewers yeast 
(no substitution)
- 3 cups of oats

- 1 cup chocolate chips

Preparation :-
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Mix the flaxseed meal and water and set it aside for 3 - 5 minutes
- Beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar well
- Add eggs and mix well
Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla
- Beat until well blended
- Sift together the flour, brewers yeast, baking soda and salt
- Add dry ingredients to the butter mix
- Stir in oats and chocolate chips
- Scoop or drop by teaspoonfuls onto a non stick baking sheet, or one lined with baking paper
- Bake for 8 - 12 minutes
- Let it set for a couple minutes before remove from tray

Total serving size : 
- Around 4 - 6 dozen of cookies depending how big you scoop or drop the cookies.

Recommended "dose" :
- 4 cookies a day

Storage :
- Cookies can be store in the freezer

Note : 
- Flaxseed seed and brewers yeast is suppose to be a main ingredients on this recipe that helps to boost the breastmilk supply and it cannot be substitute with others.
- But as I read more about this recipe, I actually found there is others who have substitute some or part of ingredient in this recipe to something else and yet it still give them the same "boosting" effect.
- To add on, the lactation cookies recipe above is not really that healthy with the amount of the sugar and brown sugar used.
- This is another reason why some change this recipe here and there a bit to make it "healthier".
- The other reason as to why part of the ingredient is changed is because there are some people who are unable to get a constant supply of that particular ingredient at the place where they stayed. (ie : brewers yeast).

The Other Options On The Ingredients ~ Said to be healthier by others
(Below is some of the option that have been tried by others. Am just compiling  these from HERE and some from elsewhere)

1. To changed the white flour to whole wheat flour (some changed it to 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 oat flour).

2. To add fenugreek to the basic recipe.

3. Use only 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and add 2 tablespoon of molasses.

4. Some didn't use sugar or brown sugar at all and replace it with 2 - 4 tablespoon of molasses.

5. Replace the chocolate chip to raisin, almonds, walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, sesame seeds or any of these combination(Depending on what is the taste that you like).

6. Add ginger if the nursing mama have a slow letdown (this is not recommended for those who have significant blood loss after birth as ginger is a natural blood thinner).

7. Replace the brewers yeast with 7 opened capsules of fenugreek and add 1 cup of dried cranberries.

8. Use only 1/2 cup of butter and substitute the other 1/2 with apple sauce.

9. Some use coconut oil in place of the butter.

10. For those who are allergic to oats can either make the cookies without the oats or simply substitute the oats with baby food rice cereal and add some raisin into it.

p/s : 
The lactating cookies does looks yummy isn't it in the picture above. Anyway, do let me know if any of you have tried this recipe. Does it really helps to boost the breastmilk supply like what others have claimed?


Lara said...

Thanks for the recipe. I've made it a few times and it has helped my struggling milk supply. They taste great too!