Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Lactation Cookie Recipe

If you are a new mother (as I was) and are having a difficult time increasing your milk supply like I did, I would strongly recommend this lactation cookie recipe. Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they definitely help boosting milk supply. Based on what I researched, oatmeal (they have to be real not instant! learned the hard way..), flax seed, and brewer’s yeast are the three key ingredients in producing an abundant milk supply. One article that I read even proved this by mentioning one of their family member’s award winning “milkiest cow”. The reason for their win every year was because the owner put oats in their food, which helped them produce more milk. I also read several other articles describing the same ingredients with the same effects, so I have no reason to doubt this recipe. These cookies were so good, my mom and boyfriend even ate them and would not stop! Seriously, they’re not that hard to make and don’t take that much time. I think it’s well worth making a couple of batches of these cookies if you’re going to make them, especially if there are other members in your house. Now, don’t think that just eating these cookies is going to make you start producing milk. You still have to nurse your baby regularly, pump, eat right, all of the things that are essential for breastfeeding moms to keep up their milk supply are still necessary. This is just to help “boost” it if you are having a hard time like I was. It worked wonders for me at the very beginning, but now it doesn’t make much of a difference. I imagine that it probably works different with different women, but it doesn’t hurt to try! Regardless of whether it boosts your supply or not, at least you have a delicious treat to snack on!. (:

IMG_20130509_190045_052  Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 c. oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. flax
  • 3 T brewer’s yeast
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips
  • 1 c. chopped nuts of your choice

IMG_20130509_193101_596Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax and water until creamy.
  4. Mix in eggs.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.
  8. Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets or baking stones.
  9. Press down each ball lightly with a fork.
  10. Bake 12 minutes.

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Prenatal Yoga

prenatal-yoga

Since I became pregnant, I knew I had to get into some kind of exercise routine to keep me fit while I gained extra weight. What better kind of exercise to do than yoga?! It’s not vigorous, all you do is stretch a breath deep, you do lightweight exercise while at the same time you pump blood, relieve the tenseness in your muscles, and you get an effective work out. I don’t know what it is about yoga, but every time I do it I feel like a million bucks; like a brand new person. It is an amazing and indescribable feeling. It’s like I can’t even go more than two days without doing it anymore because my body begs me to work it out. It’s gotten so used to this positive energy feeling that it asks for it every day. I love it! It’s rejuvenating, relaxing, and it preps me for labor.

Yoga is spiritual and physical. Not only does it make me feel good, but it’s healthy for my soul and my body. There are many physical benefits for this type of exercise. “Yoga provides a safe and nurturing system of overall health for the pregnant woman and child,” says Eric Small, a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and director of the Beverly Hills Iyengar Studio in Beverly Hills, California. It relieves stress in all areas of the body, as well as helping reposition the growing fetus according to various yoga positions. It’s perfect for exiting all the negative emotions and tension in your heart and body and connects you with your spirit.

For me, yoga helps me to relax my mind, eases my sporadic body aches, get in tuned with my inner being, and it connects me with my baby. I feel like she can feel me performing the yoga and it relaxes her. I can just tell she loves when I do it. This exercise regimen is going to provide all the strength and emotional well being that I’m going to need when I get ready to have this baby girl. I’m very optimistic about my upcoming labor journey. I have a sense of confidence that my instincts are going to kick in right away, that I’m going to know exactly what I need to do. My mind, body, and spirit as well as the universe and it’s gravitational forces are going to help me to bring this baby into the world speedy and easily.

Here is the Prenatal Yoga Video on YouTube that I watch daily. It will change your life!

Reference: http://yoginiology.com/at-home-yoga-for-the-mommy-to-be/