I breastfed my daughter for a year. Like many moms there came a time when I needed help boosting my milk supply. Organic Mother’s Milk Tea did wonders for me, but frankly, it tasted like boiled feet. I have actually never had feet, boiled or otherwise, but you get the picture.
Next time will be different. Thanks to Melissa Harris of LissaLou Designs, I have a much tastier option.
The following is a guest post by Melissa Harris, mom, crafty genius, and owner of LissaLou Designs.
I’ve always had a love of baking. I can’t cook a chicken to save my life, but cupcakes? Brownies? Cookies? Sign me up, anytime, anywhere. My latest great achievement was a from scratch three-layer red velvet cheesecake with cream cheese frosting. Yes, it was just as good as it sounds!
When I became a mom, some of my baking passion flew out the window. Not for lack of love, but for lack of time and energy. Honestly, my body and my time belong to my son.
Like many breastfeeding moms, I began researching ways to boost my milk supply so that I could feel more confident when nursing and also pump extra milk for the future. When I found out that there were homemade cookies that could help bump supply, I jumped at the chance to bake for a purpose.
Finding a lactation cookie recipe is not rocket science. Anyone with an internet connection and Google can find several recipes. Here is the best general recipe. I always jazz my cookies up with extras like white chocolate chips and cranberries. Delicious.
I suggest three or more cookies a day, eaten at morning, midday, and evening.
Like anything else, lactation cookies are not guaranteed to give you amazing results. The ingredients are proven galactagogues, so they aren’t a hoax. Some women claim several extra ounces a day at the breast pump, and some say they barely saw a difference. Me?
I stopped having to supplement my baby with pumped breastmilk several times a day. We nurse 8-10 times a day and I pump after as many feedings as I can to empty my breasts and to build a freezer stash. I’d say I get a few extra ounces a day.
If you make small cookies, the recipes online can yield up to six dozen cookies. One recipe I saw claimed to produce 100 cookies. No one needs that many.
The reason I began selling cookies is because I knew several young moms who didn’t have the time to bake or simply didn’t like baking. There are some rather specific ingredients that many people don’t keep in their pantries. It can be more convenient to just buy a batch to see if you like them.
I’ll never get rich selling cookies, but I would like to think I’m helping other moms feed their babies the most nutritious food in the world.
Visit LissaLou Designs for delicious baked goods, homemade maternity jeans, personalized Christmas ornaments, and other unique crafts.
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