Guest Post featuring Kassi: [Cookies for the Breastfeeding Mama - And the Whole Family!]

Monday, November 16, 2015

This is the second in a short series of posts to bring awareness to premature births leading up to World Prematurity Day on November 17.

I have strong opinions on breastfeeding.

Through my pregnancy, I wasn’t especially passionate about it. I figured I would “do it.” So, that’s how I planned to breastfeed. Yea, I’ll breastfeed. No problem.

Great plan, right?! Past or present breastfeeding mamas, go ahead and take a break here. I know you’re laughing at me.

Ninety minutes after delivering my premature daughter, I saw a breastpump for the first time, and I didn’t even know what it was at first, never mind figuring out how to use it.

This isn’t what breastfeeding looks like, I remember thinking on my third attempt around two o’clock in the morning, the gentle, mechanical hum echoing in a postpartum hospital room without a baby.
After coaxing seven drops of colostrum (Yea, SEVEN. I can’t make that up.) into a tiny vial, I proudly delivered it downstairs to Nora’s NICU in time for her next feeding. 

And it wasn’t even enough to fill half of her feeding.

You may also develop a passion for promoting breastfeeding while watching your daughter be fed donor breastmilk through a tube in her nose. God bless those who donate milk! Interested in learning more? Find out how to donate here.

My breastfeeding journey started as exclusively pumping and eventually made it to exclusively breastfeeding. And I’m proud of it. Everyone’s breast/bottle feeding journey looks different, but I haven’t met a mama who doesn’t like a good cookie. And that’s what’s cooking today, a yummy cookie with a hint of good-for-you-ness and a powerboost to those breastfeeding mamas out there.
Cowboy Cookies for the Breastfeeding Mom
I can’t claim this as my own, though I’ve since lost track of where on the internet I found this recipe. So if you’re reading this, and it’s your recipe, just know this mama loved it so much she had to share it with her friends. That’s the hallmark of any good recipe, no?

CLICK HERE - PDF link for printing

After pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees, mix the dry ingredients in a small-ish bowl:
1 ½ c All Purpose Flour
1 ½ t Baking Powder
1 ½ t Baking Soda
1 ½ t Ground Cinnamon
¼ t Salt

With a mixer, in a separate bowl beat together:
8T Unsalted Butter, softened at room temp
¼ c Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Then add to it:
½ c Sugar
½ c Packed Brown Sugar
2 Eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition
1 ½ t Vanilla

With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in slowly to the mixing bowl until combined. Then add in:
1 c Mini Chocolate Chips (Some believe chocolate inhibits milk production. You may choose to omit or reduce the quantity)
1 ½ c Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 c Unsweetened Flaked Coconut
1 c Chopped Walnuts (go the extra mile a give them a slight toasting before adding them in.)
½ c Hemp Seeds (Protein Boost!)

Scoop out using a small cookie scoop (1 tablespoon) instead of opting for the typical, oversized Cowboy Cookie. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, or until just before the top gets completely dry. My oven was being wonky so I lowered the heat to 325 and bake for 12 minutes.

If you need to print this recipe CLICK HERE for a PDF version.

*Please note, oats, coconut & cinnamon are loosely associated with breastmilk production, as galactogenic foods. Results vary, but if you’re dealing with supply issues, the first place to start (in my experience) is the amount of water you are consuming and identifying if there is another source of stress in your life. You know, besides, that sweet little baby of yours.

Swing back by tomorrow, November 17, to celebrate World Prematurity Day with the final post in this series! See you then!

1 comment:

  1. You go girl!! My son was born at 36 weeks to the day and struggled with breast feeding. It took us a good 7 weeks visiting lactation to get him to really get going. Breast feeding is difficult. Everyone's experience is different, but goodness I can be one upsetting, frustrating and tiring process. So glad you had such success in the end!!