Scary stories from a lovely place
In my post yesterday I wrote about the benefits and the pressures of breastfeeding. A common struggle that I have heard mother’s complain of is not enough milk. This is a real problem and I don’t know what causes it – there are probably a range of different things. I wonder if new mother’s received consistent messages about the value of breastfeeding and the need for persistence and were better supported then this would be less of a problem.
Recently a friend in America sent me this excellent recipe for cookies. I have never made cookies before and so I was pretty hesitant, but these are easy and work well. I am hooked. Beyond their gastronomical delight they are also supposed to boost the bodies ability to make breastmilk, hence the name lactation cookies. Obviously this would only have an effect if your body is already in the business of lactating. Stephen has been eating these for a couple of weeks and he is still as much a man as he ever was.
I’ve been concerned about my milk supply since I became pregnant, but it all coincided nicely with Silas chowing solid foods with utter abandon and so my need to produce has diminished anyway. But I didn’t want to stop so these cookies have given me a psychological and perhaps physical boost.
Without further ado, I give you the Lactation Cookies. This recipe was invented by and belongs to Noel Trujillo of the La Leche League in Santa Barbara, USA.
* 1 cup butter or marg
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour (if using whole wheat cut down to 1 1/2 cups)
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups oats
* 1 cup or more chocolate chips
* 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)
Flaxseed (or linseed) meal and brewers yeast can easily be bought at a health food store. If I can get them in Brixton, Johannesburg they must be easily located in other places too. I also add in half a cup of bran flakes and cut down the flour to one and a half cups. I have made 3 batches now. I started with raisin instead of chocolate. Then I made M&M and hazelnut. And yesterday I made coconut, almond and chocolate. The extra ingredients you can throw in are limitless – dried fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate etc. The oats, brewers yeast and flaxseed are the breastmilk boosting ingredients so don’t replace those.
Preheat oven at 190 degrees celcius. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream (beat well) butter or margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Whisk together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to butter/margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.
Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.
Serves: 6 dozen cookies
Preparation time: 15 minutes