The Lactation Cookie
Breastfeeding is something that I hold dear to my heart. As a child I remember it being something talked about in our family. I watched my mom nurse my little sister who was born septic and 5 weeks early. She was in the NICU for about a week and then home healthy and happy. Was it the breastmilk? Who knows but it didn't hurt that's for sure.
Breastfeeding doesn't come easy to all women, and even when it does come easy it can be tiresome, and draining for many moms. There are those times when you hold, snuggle and nurse your baby in the wee hours of the morning that are so precious I wouldn't trade them for anything, even sleep. Then those times when your toddler wants to nurse constantly because she wants the affection and closeness that we all desire, but you are so depleted and tired it feels like a chore and you feel guilty for saying no. Mostly it is just part of parenthood that many of us flow with, and in general it is an amazing time spent with your children.
Here is where the cookie comes in. I often see many women wanting to make lactation cookies, or buying lactation cookies (yes they sell them on amazon). These are cookies that are consumed with the intent to increase milk production. I could go on for hours about ways to potentially increase milk production that does not require a cookie.
Skin to skin, eating real and nutrient dense foods, having a dark beer or a glass of wine, relaxing and sleeping with or near your baby, taking a galactogogue if necessary like fenugreek, or even use of some essential oils like Basil will help increase milk. After baby comes it is important to take the time you need to rest, recover and know that your only job is caring for baby. Many women get busy, want to lose weight, or forget to nourish themselves after baby comes. It is so easy to try to do to much after delivery especially if you have young kids at home. Before you do anything remember to first and foremost eat! Skin to skin is also important, as it helps increase hormones vital to milk production, it also helps keep babies calm and promote closeness and less stress in the infant. This will help them latch better and allow for increased milk production in mom. Ultimately a combination of things will help support healthy milk supply. You also want to make sure you are getting enough rest. Sleep is vital to healing and stress maintenance, it is especially important after delivery of a new baby.
Ok, ok back to the cookie. It seems like a cookie is an easy high sugar solution to a problem that might not need a cookie. As you can see there are other issues at play and more calories from sugar might not be the fix needed. That being said, if you have ever been up at 2am, starving and needing to feed your baby a quick snack that provides some nutrients is great to have on hand. So here is the grain free, nearly paleo lactation cookie. To be fair my whole family liked the cookie but really I made them for myself.
Grain Free Lactation Cookie
5 whole large eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 TBS vanilla
1/2 cup coconut oil
6 TBS collagen peptides
1 Cup flax meal
1/2 Cup Cassava Flour
1/2 Cup coconut flour
1/4 cup crystallized ginger
1 TBS pumpkin spice seasoning ( I use Trader Joe's)
1/2 TBS cinnamon ( I like extra cinnamon)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Combine all liquid ingredients: Egg, oil, vanilla, pumpkin, molasses.
Combine all dry ingredients in separate bowl.
Mix dry and wet ingredients until combined.
Chop crystallized ginger into small pieces, and fold in.
Scoop 1-2 TBSP sized spoonfuls onto parchment lined pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 min until slightly brown on bottom and done throughout
Here is why I love these pretty low sugar cookies for a quick snack.
Molasses: Rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
Pumpkin: Rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, choline, and folate
Flax: Full of healthy omega 3 fats and fiber
Coconut flour: a great grain free flour, also rich in fiber
Collagen peptides: protein that is tasteless, and dissolvable with all vital amino acids needed. Plus it is great for hair, nails, and joint health.
Cassava flour: a great paleo flour option that cooks up just like real flour (it is my new favorite cooking starch for gluten free cooking). It is also very rich in vitamin C which is great for stressed mommy adrenal glands.