Friday, 18 January 2013

Lactation Cookies



It's approaching sixteen months since I started breastfeeding. I'm extremely proud of the achievement and the gift that I have given my baby (and now toddler). My milk has been changing lots lately after returning to two full days of work. I've been thinking lots about the pros and cons of actively weaning. I still haven't come to any revelations. What I do know is that my little boy has been sick - stopped eating for the last three days and relied almost entirely on breast milk. Thank goodness for still lactating! I actually made a batch of these cookies before this happened, as if I had some kind of foresight that I'd be needing more milk. They also make a great gift for a new Mother or to take to a baby shower/blessingway. 

It's the brewers yeast, oats, quinoa, good fats and linseed combo that really make these work! Packed with B vitamins and traditionally used for increasing milk, brewers yeast may be something you've never 'cooked' with before - though likely you've tasted it in beer. I bought a few sachets in our local home brew store, but I'm sure good health food shops in the cities would have it. Remember to keep brewers yeast in the fridge - they die out on the bench. 

As breast milk is largely made up of fats, dont be tempted to skimp on the good fats contained in the ghee (of butter), coconut oil and ground linseeds. They are essential! This is my adaptation of the recipe on Belly Belly to include no sugar (only honey) and better quality fats.

Lactation Cookies

2 tbs Ground Linseeds (flaxseeds)
4 tbs Filtered Water
2/3 cup Ghee (or butter)
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1 cup Raw Honey
2 Organic Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Cups Wholemeal Flour (or Gluten Free flour if needed)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2-4 tbs Brewers Yeast
2 Cups Rolled Oats (or 2 cups quinoa flakes to make gluten free)
1 Cup Quinoa Flakes

* Optional choc chips, sultanas, cranberries, dried blueberries, diced apple etc. 

Preheat oven to 180 celsius. Line baking trays with grease proof paper. 
Mix ground linseeds with water and allow to sit for 10 minutes to absorb the water. 'Cream' the ghee, coconut oil and honey with an electric mixer. Add eggs to this mix as well as linseed blend and vanilla and combine well. 
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and brewers yeast. Add the wet blend to this dry mixture. Now add in the rolled oats, quinoa flakes and any other extra goodies you fancy for a flavour variety. Mix well. 
Spoon about 1 tbs of mixture onto try leaving quite a space between biscuits for them to spread when cooking. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Cookies will be soft when taken out of the oven. They firm up when cooled. Enjoy with a big glass of water at each breast feed - or any other time you feel like a cookie! 



Remember that if you are struggling with breast milk supply there is help out there! Ask your local breastfeeding counsellors, call the breastfeeding hot lines or go and see your local Naturopath. There are many herbs and nutrients that help with milk production as well as other dietary tips. The most important I personally find are rest, water and being with my baby. Hope you like the cookies. 


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