Charlie - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
three ingredients the core foundation in lactation cookies?
Oats (or oatmeal) are key in boosting milk supply because of the iron they contain that nursing moms are frequently in need of. Oats are also filling, dense with healthy calories - and nursing moms need calories! Oats are extremely nutritious and easy to work into the diet in a number of ways: cereals, granola, breads, casseroles, meatloaf, cookies - you can add oats to just about anything.Oats are also a great source of fiber. What does fiber have to do with milk supply? My 97 year old grandmother recently discussed the diets of her father's award winning, fatty-milk producing cows back in the 1920s. And guess what they did to increase milk supply? That's right -- boosted the fiber the cows had access to. Farmers have long known this trick, so I suppose milkin' moms can pick up on it too.
Brewer's yeast is an ingredient that has also long been touted to increase milk supply (although contested by some). Brewer's yeast is one of the best natural sources of B vitamins, which are essential to overall health of a nursing mom (and any woman). Even if milk supply were not impacted by brewer's yeast, the boost of energy (and increased sugar metabolism) that comes from brewer's yeast consumption is worth including it in lactation cookies (or other things you bake). Once again, looking back on decades past, women have long passed on the knowledge that sipping a deep, hearty beer (sister to brewer's yeast) has a positive effect on milk supply.
A few notes on the recipe:
1) Flax seed is prepped many ways. The version most useful for baking is the milled flax seed that you will find in your local store. It typically comes in a bag or a box (depending on the brand you select). You may have to go to a health food, whole foods store, or large supermarket to find brewer's yeast.
2) Whole oats should always be used - not 'quick' oats (the type that cook in a few minutes in the microwave). Be sure when you buy your oats ('oatmeal') that you are purchasing whole, natural oats.
3) I'd suggest purchasing eggs from a local farm or buying free range "happy chicken" eggs at your grocery store - especially with all the recalls on salmonella tainted eggs lately. And who wants to support the massive hen house operations? Not us. Be informed on where your food comes from, and teach your kids too.
Cedar Valley Lactation Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
or Vegan Option in place of butter: non-dairy buttery spread like Earth Balance
or Vegan Option in place of butter: extra 1/2 c. milled flax and 1/2 c. applesauce
or Vegan Option in place of eggs: 3 tsp of Egg Replacer mixed with 4 tablespoons of water
or Vegan Option in place of eggs: 4 teaspoons of flax mixed with 4 tablespoons of water
1/2 c. sugar (Agave nectar, or 1/2 teaspoon stevia powder and 2 T honey can be used instead of either white or brown sugars)
1/2 c. brown sugar (firmly packed)
4 T water
2 T milled flax seed
1 tsp vanilla
2 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 T brewer's yeast
3 1/4 c. whole oats
1 c. chocolate chips
3/4 c. walnuts (crushed)
3/4 c. craisins (or raisins)
Preheat oven to 350F
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or use a baking stone.
In a small bowl: mix flax and water, and let sit for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl: sift the flour, baking soda, salt and brewer's yeast and set aside.
In a stand mixer: combine the butter, brown sugar and sugar.
Add eggs, mixing well after each one.
Add flax and vanilla. Mix well.
Slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture.
Stir in oats.
Fold in chocolate chips, walnuts, craisins.
Scoop rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Let sit on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to cool completely.