Long long ago when I was nursing my daughter I had problems with producing enough milk to keep her going. There were a lot of factors that were my responsibility that I really didn’t realize were my fault at the time because most anyone with breasts CAN produce breastmilk.
My wonderful late hubby took me to the health-food store and we picked up some Pero ( Barley based coffee substitute,) Flaxseed meal, and Brewers Yeast, as well as some Carob chips as I was trying to avoid anything ‘not healthy’ (First time mom, what can I say – I was the epitome of the stereotype.) I joined a group on LiveJournal.com called Adopt-A-Mom and had an awesome mentor assigned to me, and tried (but failed) to find a LLL meeting during the hours I had available (I was back at work when my daughter was 3 weeks old.)
Something that helped me out greatly was the cookies made from the ingredients we bought at the health-food store “Housepoet” was a mentor then in that group and she had come up with an amazing cookie recipe that helped boost milk production so babies could gain weight
We made several batches of the cookies, and at one point my husband tried to justify purchasing a Kitchen-Aid mixer so we could make larger batches and freeze the dough. I still make these on occasion, as they have a little extra nutrition that is good for energy which all moms – first time or not can use!
Housepoet’s Lactation Cookies
4 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons Flaxseed meal (don’t skimp!)
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Brewers Yeast (again – DON’T skimp!)
3 cups oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate or peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together water and flaxseed meal, and set
aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream (beat well) butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a
time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture well and add to the butter mixture. Add
vanilla to mixture. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats
and chips. Add to butter mixture. Stir in oats and then chips. Scoop or drop
onto baking sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies. Makes
about 6 dozen cookies.
NOTE: It must be brewers yeast, no substitutions.