December 4th is National Cookie Day! Let's celebrate with a yummy cookie recipe that may help promote milk production. And let's face it--they are downright delicious! This recipe, along with many others for during pregnancy and lactation, can be found in the cookbook "Eating from Bump to Baby", on sale now at Amazon at: http://a.co/d/8QGuk2w
Oatmeal “Lactation” Cookies
Yields: 2 ½ dozen
Some people spend big bucks on buying so-called “Lactation Cookies”. They are so popular because they usually contain three common galactagogues: flaxseed, oatmeal, and brewer’s yeast. Whip up a batch of your own for a fraction of the cost and 100% certainty of the ingredients you’re getting. In place of the chocolate chips, you can substitute raisins or dried cranberries. A big batch of these can be made in advance and frozen for up to 3 months, so you can make them before baby arrives and have them ready to go!
2 sticks butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¼ cup flour
¼ cup flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup brewer’s yeast
3 cups old-fashioned quick oats
1 ½ cups mini chocolate chips or raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
Beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time until smooth. Add the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, flaxseed meal, salt, baking powder, and brewer’s yeast. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
Stir in the oats and chocolate chips or raisins. Drop cookies by the tablespoon onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until just slightly brown.
Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
Those first few moments after giving birth are some of the most important in a baby’s life. In times past in the United States, babies—even healthy ones--were often given a minute or so with mom and then whisked away to be cleaned, weighed and measured. As more and more hospitals transition to Baby Friendly hospitals (ie. hospitals that promote and support breastfeeding using the WHO standards) and understand the importance of those first moments after birth to the physical and emotional health of both mom and baby, skin-to-skin contact, or kangaroo care, is becoming more commonplace.
What is Skin-to-Skin?
Just as the name implies, skin-to-skin contact is when the naked baby (or clothed in just a diaper) is placed on a bare chest. The concept was first recognized in the 1970s in Bogota, Colombia when there was a shortage of incubators and skin-to-skin contact was used to help keep babies warm. During this time, they noticed many other benefits that were happening while babies were engaging in kangaroo care.
Who Can Do Skin-to-Skin?
Traditionally, the mom is usually the one to first experience skin-to-skin contact, but any parent or caregiver can also participate! As part of some birth plans, dads wear a button-down shirt to be able to easily engage in skin-to-skin contact with the newborn, which is particularly helpful if the mom needs to be whisked away for surgical or other health reasons.
What are the Benefits of Skin-to-Skin?
The benefits of kangaroo care are numerous to both mother and baby.
How do I do Kangaroo Care?
Talk with your healthcare provider about your birth plan and your wish for skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. Have the baby placed belly-down on your bare chest. The nurses may wish to dry off the baby and put on a hat first. You can then wrap a blanket around the both of you to keep you warm. For skin-to-skin contact at later times, you can leave the baby diapered. Moms and dads can both participate in skin-to-skin contact, and the benefits will continue, providing a naturally calming way to bond with your baby.