February 26, 2018

Recipe: No-Bake Lactation Cookies

As a breastfeeding momma, keeping up my milk supply is crucial and can be extremely difficult if you aren't eating the right foods. I'll be honest, I'm not the healthiest eater. I'm just a sucker for pizza, tacos and chocolate.

After scouring Pinterest to find tips for increasing milk supply, I came across one of the many no-bake recipes for Oatmeal Choco-Peanut Butter cookies. YUM! Let me preface this post that this is not my own recipe. You can find the original recipe HERE.

I made the easier version this time around mostly because my local grocer didn't have Brewer's Yeast available for delivery service to make the healthier version. The link above gives you the alternate recipe, also. But I'll try it both ways and update this post with the difference in milk supply increase.

Here is the recipe:

No-Bake Lactation Cookies

Makes: About 20 cookies (dollop size)

2 cups sugar (if you don't like it super sweet, cut in half)
4 Tbl. cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups oats
Wax paper

- Mix all dry ingredients (sugar, cocoa powder, oats) into medium sized mixing bowl.
- Mix all wet ingredients (milk, butter, peanut butter, vanilla) into a small pot. Heat on medium heat, stirring occasionally just until all are blended together.
- Fold all wet ingredients into mixing bowl until oats are completely covered.
- Scoop mixture of dollop sized onto wax paper. Let stand to cool about 1-2 hours.
- Once cooled, store in air-tight container.

These cookies are so delicious and addicting to eat! The only thing I'd personally change is to either melt the sugar a bit before mixing or cut the amount in half. They were a little too sweet for my taste, but if you have a sweet tooth, these are definitely the cookies for you! Also, if you have the room in the fridge, I'd even through them in there to cool a little longer so they harden a bit more. They can be a bit sticky. Otherwise, I can't wait to make these again and try some different variations. They'd probably be delicious with some dried cranberries mixed in. And they are so quick to make, I can do these any day as long as I have the ingredients on hand. 

I did notice this morning a definite increase in my milk supply when I pumped this morning. Within the first 10 minutes of pumping, I had almost an extra ounce on each side than I normally do.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! I'd also love to hear any variations you add to it. 

February 22, 2018

Party of Four - Day 15

Welcome back, readers! In order to maintain my sanity over the next few months, I've decided to trial run reopening my blog. We'll see how this goes.

My sweet little boy...not only is my sweet little boy not so little anymore, but now we have ANOTHER sweet little boy that we've added to our clan.

Callum - or "Cal" - has become the next reason I live and breathe. He is a momma's boy, a cuddler, and has super sweet and gentle dark blue eyes. Just like his brother Cooper did when he was born.

With a new baby comes new challenges, though. I've now discovered I can function on less than two hours of sleep per night (not consecutively either)! I've learned how to breastfeed my newborn while simultaneously rocking a toddler to sleep, all while trying to make sure Cooper doesn't try to smack his new brother.

There's the other thing...trying to get my boys to all bond with each other has proved to be much less warm and fuzzy than I hoped it would be. Cooper has now developed temper tantrums, hitting and full blow meltdown modes. Having a speech delay doesn't help much either since he can't tell me (or choses not to tell me) what it is he wants. I'm not going to lie...I've given him the iPad on more than one occasion over the last two weeks just to get him to stay quiet for more than 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, my house is a complete disaster. I've never seen so many toys thrown across the room, my kitchen has dirty dishes all over the counters. I swear if I can squeeze a shower in for myself in a single day it's a freakin' miracle.

I can't help but feel like a terrible mother when  our life gets like this. And in reality I know I'm not, it's totally normal for him to have trouble adjusting. But society puts so much pressure on moms to figure out how to make everything work seamlessly and be the glue that holds her family together. But who can seriously live up to that?! No one. That's who.

Tonight, I plan to make Tim pick me up a big ole' box of wine, a pint of Ben & Jerry's and I'm sitting back and watching the Bachelor Winter Games in peace, dammit. God knows I need a break...<3 p="">