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  1. Lactation Cookies, recipe, blog, breastfeeding blog, parenting blog, new mu

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    These are great snack for a breastfeeding mum as they will give mum a much needed energy boost and  contain many milk-boosting ingredients.

    Top Milk Boosting Ingredients

    You can substitute out some of the ingredients for alternatives but to ensure you get the best chance to give your milk a boost these are the ingredients not to be messed with:

    -Brewers yeast: Contains vitamin B and the minerals chromium and selenium. B vitamins which are great for breastfeeding mums.

    - Flaxseed:  This contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are healthy fats which are great for us mums and can be passed on to your breastmilk for a nutritional boost for baby. 

    - Oats: They contain a high concentration of saponins, an immune-stimulating compound that may help increase levels of prolactin, a key hormone for milk production. Oats are also packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, which makes them a healthy choice regardless of whether or not you're breastfeeding as they'll release energy slowly to ensure you don't have a sugar crash!

    Lactation Cookies, recipe, blog, breastfeeding blog, parenting blog, new mu

     

    Ingredients

    •  65g coconut oil
    •  100g cup brown sugar
    •  1 egg
    •  1 tsp vanilla
    •  2 tbsp milled flaxseed
    •  3 tbsp water
    •  130g cup whole wheat flour
    •  2 tbsp brewer's yeast
    •  1 tsp cinnamon
    •  1/2 tsp salt
    •  180g cups oats
    •  60g cup raisins
    •  2 tbsp whole flaxseed 

    Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit

      2. In a mixing bowl, mix the coconut oil and sugar until soft. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.
      3. Combine the milled flaxseed and water in a separate bowl and then add to the mixing bowl.

      4. Add the flour, brewer's yeast, cinnamon and salt to the mixing bowl and mix again.

      5. By hand, mix in the oats, raisins and whole flaxseed.

      6. Scoop out the batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Flatten the cookies slightly. Recipe will make 12 cookies.

      7. Bake for 12 minutes.

      8. Eat and enjoy!

     

    Lactation Cookies, recipe, blog, breastfeeding blog, parenting blog, new mu

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
    • 1 1/2 cups Flour
    • 5 Tbsp Brewers Yeast
    • 3 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed
    • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
    • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp Salt
    • 16 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, Cubed (2 sticks)
    • 4 Tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
    • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar (feel free to reduce by 1/4 cup)
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips/Chunks
    • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
    • 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts *optional*

    DIRECTIONS:

    1.  Preheat the oven the 160 degrees celcius or 350 degrees F.

    2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. Next, add in the oats and combine.

    3.  In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy, about 1-2 minutes.

    4.  Add in the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.

    5.  Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure you scrape the bowl to make sure that it is all evenly mixed.

    6.  Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined again. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed.

    7.  Stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and nuts, until combined.

    8.  Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds, or use a large cookie scoop to make them uniform, and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms are just golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.

     

    Lactation Cookies, recipe, blog, breastfeeding blog, parenting blog, new mu

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup 150g wholemeal flour
    • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
    • 125 g butter
    • 3 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tablespoons of water
    • 1 tablespoonvanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast
    • 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
    • 100 g of flaked almonds
    • 1/2 cup of dried apricots, roughly chopped
    • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips

     

    Instructions

    1. Line two trays with baking paper and preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

    2. Place the butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on a high speed for 8 - 10 minutes or until the mixture is pale and smooth.

    3. Add the vanilla and egg and mix on a low speed to combine.

    4. Add the wholemeal flour, baking powder, flaxseed meal and brewers yeast and water to the bowl and mix on a low speed to combine.

    5. Remove the bowl from the stand and add the rolled oats, flaked almonds, white chocolate chips and dried cranberries and stir through to combine.

    6. Use a tablespoon to scoop up the mixture and roll it into balls before placing on the prepared baking trays. Repeat until you have used all of the mixture.

    7. Lightly flatten the Cranberry Almond and White Chocolate Lactation Biscuits with the palm of your hand and place into the oven to bake for 12 minutes.

    8. Leave the biscuits to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.

    9. Store in an airtight container for up to a week

     

     

  2. What I wish Id known first time around

    If I could turn back time and talk to my pre-baby self, what would I want to tell her?

    1

    I almost obsessed with birth during my first baby. Reading about childbirth, talking about birthplans, practising breathing for labour and worrying if I would cope with the pain. I almost forgot I would actually have a tiny human to raise at the end of it.  By the time I was home from the hospital the actual birth seemed a world away. While nothing really prepares you for actually becoming a mother, it was then that I realised how little I knew about looking after a baby. In reality with childbirth you have very limited control over when or how baby will arrive so I wish I had spent just a tad more time thinking about parenting rather than birthing. 

    2

    You will sleep for more than three consecutive  hours again. 
    You will get back to a routine where day and night are different. 
    You will function as a normal adult human again. 
    You will reclaim some much craved adult time. You will feel like you again. 
    You will wear clothes that arnt marked with baby milk/baby poo/your own lunch. 

    This phase you're in right now is tough, but it will get easier.

    3

    For me, the newborn please was really hard, but the bigger they get the more you will get back from them. Don't get me wrong parenting is still the most thankless role you will ever have  undertake but when those first few smiles and giggles start to come it really does make it all worthwhile. 

     

    4

    Endless googling of 'When do babies sleep through the night' will not make your baby sleep through the night any quicker. In fact, reading stories about babies who slept through the night from 3 weeks/3 months old only serves to make you feel worse when your baby is nowhere near to doing so. Every baby is different but they will eventually start sleeping a little longer between night feeds and even this will make a huge difference and then eventually they will sleep through the night. 

    5

    For me, from the moment that I became pregnant, part of me was already a parent.  I felt my baby move inside me and formed a magical bond that existed between us even before they were born.  In contrast my husband said he only became a parent when our first was born and that bond between parent and child can take much longer to develop for them.  In the early days I was baby's only source of food and much of their comfort which often made it harder for him to find a way to be useful. Dads are often back to work for long hours and as baby routines can change from one day to the next dads can feel like they're always playing catchup. It doesn't mean that they don't want to be as involved, just that they're finding their feet with their role as parents too and sometimes this can take a little longer. 

    6

    At times this can be incredibly overwhelming and frustating.  Some of it's good, some of it's bad and some if it's downright ridiculous.  Everyone seems to have an opinion on how babies should eat/sleep/be held/entertained.  If it's not advice that's right for you then you don't have to follow it, but every now and then someone will pass on a golden nugget of information that's totally magic for your child and you would be lost without. 

    7

    Parenting can be really lonely in the beginning.  So get out there to your local baby group and meet some other mums. You might not like the first one you go to but persevere with different ones. You will be opened up to a whole new social circle of other parents going through the exact same things as you and that can be a lifeline for you in this new stage of your life.

    8

    ...and not one where you're you know what time it is from what daytime TV your watching.  
    Perhaps not everyone needs this but it really helped me. I went straight from work to having a baby with no maternity time wind down. I found it really hard to adjust to the change of pace from the hectic jam packed schedule of a workday to the completely different pace of this 24h job of parenting where at times I felt like I was living some crazy groundhog day.  Don't get me wrong I still watched a lot of boxsets in the newborn days but getting my own routine being showered and dresses (even in the early days if I wasn't going to leave the house) helped me start to feel human again. 

    9

    Easier said than done if you've had a winter baby but a bit of fresh air really does make you feel so much better, and it doesn't have to be for long. Plus a gentle walk is great for healing post birth.