Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lactation Cookies

the final product
I whipped up some "lactation cookies" for a friend who just had her baby, and I thought I would share the recipe.  I doubled the recipe, and it made just over 4 dozen.  I froze most of the dough, for when BGF gets here, and also, since 2 of my sister in laws are expecting, so that I can just pull them out of the freezer and pop them in the oven.  Did I mention these are also delicious?  Who cares if they, they are a filling, not to bad for you cookie.  My husband was eating them too.  He said he would be concerned if he started lactating.  I told him not to worry.  But, they are supposed to help increase milk supply.  Click on the link to read more.

all balled up and ready to go
I got the recipe off of the peaceful parenting blog- http://www.drmomma.org/2010/08/lactation-cookies-recipe-increasing.html

Major Milk Makin' CookiesRecipe by Kathleen Major

I had my hubby mix them,
it was a workout!
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

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer's yeast, flax and water until creamy.
Mix in eggs.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.
Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.

Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets or baking stones.

Press down each ball lightly with a fork.
Bake 12 minutes.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

An Ode to you, "overdue" baby.

Dear "overdue" baby,
     Thank you for picking me as your momma.  Some people would have rushed you out, before you were ready.  Not me!  I'm patient, and can wait for you to pick your birthday.    (well, I am waiting, even though I may not feel as patient as I should be)  I am happy that you have found my womb to be the safest, most comfortable place, but I assure you, my arms will feel the same.  I also thank you for staying healthy enough to stay in so long!  There are so many babies that need to come out early, whether it be fore moms health or babies, and clearly, you are happy as a clam.  Its comforting to know that when you are earthside, you will be a chubby, healthy baby.
     Its hard to believe that its time for you to be here already!  If I think (hard) it seems like just yesterday we found out we were expecting you.  It feels like my belly just started to swell, and I felt your first kick.   It makes me a little sad to know that this pregnancy is coming to an end, that we will no longer be one, but 2 separate beings.  
     I love the excitement too, that any moment, labor could start!  And we could be hours from meeting you.  Its so much excitement, that friends and family can barely stand it!  My pregnant body is swollen, and a bit tired, but it is strong enough to continue to carry, and soon, to birth you.  So I will take these last few days, hours, moments, and cherish this pregnancy, and the ability to hold you so close. 

Your mom.

-dedicated to Alyssa, and all you other patient,  41+week mommas