Lactation cookies: q & a

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Lately, I’ve been super busy making lactation cookies. I know, sounds weird, private, disgusting, awkward whatever, but lactation cookies are full of “milk-making” ingredients that can help new moms! <— even weirder than the name, I know. 

I’ve been selling lactation cookies primarily through swip-swap sites in the local area and to friends of friends. I’ve gotten a ton of the same questions she here’s a little Q & A section of the questions moms have asked and the answers I’ve found.

Will these really help?

Yes, they can! Lactation cookies are made with a few key ingredients that help the lactation process. With drinking plenty of water (and then some more), having proper nutrition and healthy habits as well as trying to rest as much as possible, these delicious, nutritious cookies can definitely help increase supply!  The four “perk ’em up” ingredients are:

Oats– full of fiber, calcium and iron, two essential nutrients for nursing mothers

Flaxseed– fiber, omega-3 fatty acids: improves milk quality, brain function and helps regulate hormones

Brewer’s yeast– iron, proteins, vitamin B, selenium and chirmium (which can also aid in lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol) Not only is brewer’s yeast helpful at boosting milk supply, but it can also help fight that early mom fatigue.

Barley malt– organic sprouted barley in the form of a syrup is used to replace a portion of the sugar in the cookies and mimics the lactigenic effect of malt.

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Can I eat them before the baby comes?

Yes, but it’s not going to help with post pardum milk production. Prolactin, the hormone that produces milk increases throughout pregnancy but  the body doesn’t react to it until the placenta is delivered, mainly due to the hormone progesterone in the placenta. If you have a history of low milk supply, get some frozen cookies to accompany you on you first few weeks home. Or bring a batch to a friend when meeting their new baby!

However, I must disclose that I am a HUGE proponent of seeing what your body can do all on it’s on.  I mean you just birthed a tiny human, right!?  I believe that our bodies can do some incredible things all on its own.  As much as I would like every mom to buy cookies, I would like even more for every mom to be able to produce tons of milk all on their own.  Since life happens, we go back to work, we stress out, eat second or third to our kids and sleep less than we should, sometimes a little assistance is needed.  This is where I LOVE helping new and veteran mommies increase their milk supply and provide for their babies with cookies!

 How many should I eat?

No two people are the same so this is a loaded question but in general, the common thread I’ve read among other blogs and articles recommend what’s below. I’ve also had feedback from customers this worked for them!

days 1-2: 4 cookies

days 3-4: 2-3 cookies

1 cookie a day for the rest of the week. Repeat cycle next week or when supply goes low again.
Do you have other flavors?

Yes! Check out the main page for all the current flavors. I’m always open for customization.
Do you have dairy or gluten free?

The oatmeal-raisin-coconut can be dairy free every easily with no loss of milk making ingredients. For gluten-free, please contact me about options. My kitchen is NOT gluten free for someone with celic disease but I can make cookies whose ingredients do not contain gluten in nature.
Can I freeze lactation cookies?

Yes! This is the best part! I do the work, get the ingredients, mix the magic and portion out the cookies. All you have to do is preheat the oven and you will have freshly baked homemade cookies in about 10 minutes or less!
Where can I buy them?

Right here! (Sort of) all you have to do is email me your order and we will coordinate a pickup/delivery. Email cassiemsmith@gmail.com or leave a comment below!
I’m not due for awhile but would LOVE to but would love to buy some, can I pre-order?

Yes! You have a due date so schedule a delivery now for a later date. See below for how to order.
What’s the process for ordering?

  1. Go to the Little Miss Moo section and pick the type of cookies you want
  2. Email me at cassiemsmith@gmail.com your order; you will get one dozen baked and one dozen frozen so you can bake fresh later! (Or both frozen, your choice) It’s $15 for each type (each 2dz set)
  3. Do you want pick up (from Stonehurt Plantation pool on 210) or delivery (I can meet you or deliver directly – $5 starting charge, depending on distance)?
  4. When do you want them?  I can deliver before 8am or after 8pm M-F, weekends are pretty open.
  5. Get them and enjoy!

Where can I find more info on lactation, lactation cookies, etc?

Below are a few links to articles and blogs that I’ve found super helpful!

Foods that Help Increase Breastmilk – http://www.babycenter.in/a1049926/foods-that-help-increase-breastmilk

Breastfeeding Basics – http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/articles/increasing-your-milk-supply

Dr Momma and Lactation Cookies – http://www.drmomma.org/2010/08/lactation-cookies-recipe-increasing.html

Breastfeeding Made Simple and other great books – http://www.breastfeedingmadesimple.com/index.html

The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk – http://makingmoremilk.com/

Still have questions?  Leave me a comment below and I’ll add it to the Q&A!

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Napa: Running Swag & Wine Tastings

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This year’s annual girl’s trip lead us to Napa, CA for the Zooma Women’s Half on June 28th.  This was my second half marathon and second destination run.  Last year, I ran the Subaru Distance Classic Half in Jax on Thanksgiving Day and also a women’s 5k in Chicago!  Napa was the perfect girls destination weekend trip!  What’s more to love than great food, amazing wine and laughter with wonderful friends?  Oh maybe perfect weather… Napa had that too!

I took hundreds of pictures and have way too much to say about Napa and all that wouldn’t even do this city justice.  If you love wine, this place is definitely worth the trip!!  In fact, I don’t think you can do it all in one trip and I already have a list of places to see next time!  Napa is about a 1 – 1.5 hour drive outside San Francisco (if no traffic) but feels like it’s a completely different world.  The weather perfect… sunny, warm and low humidity ( <— according to my standards), the people are extremely nice (they drink all day) and calories don’t count!

So here’s a short recap of our weekend and my favorites of this trip!

napa-fume-bistroFirst things first… drink wine.  Eat lunch.  Check and check.  Right around the corner from our hotel, the Napa Winery Inn, was Fume Bistro, a delicious restaurant with great outside seating.  This place was great for late night cocktails, early lunch and everything in between!  We ended up eating here at least twice and brought our own bottle of wine the last night.

So the wine tours (and amazing food) planning process was well under way!

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The first night we  ate dinner at Il Posto, and let me just say, OH MY GOODNESS Italians sure do know how to cook.  The desserts…. well we couldn’t pick just one so we got three… My favorite, hands down, the affogato.  It just sounds Italian, right?! Affogato!  Affogato what I ate for dinner because this dessert was so delicious!

  •  Affogato – vanilla bean gelato, espresso
  •  Tiramisu – coffee, ladyfingers, mascarpone
  • Fiorello’s Sorbeto – strawberry

The next morning we got up super early (thank goodness for carb-loading the night before!) and ran a half marathon!

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This was the first time the  Zooma Women’s Half Marathon Race Series held a race in Napa, Ca.  Seriously, what’s more enticing to women than beautiful weather and wine!? I know, feeling super girly and fun with awesome women and awesome tutus from Tough Girl Tutus!  I love, love Tough Girl Tutus.  This was my first order from this company but I have since placed a second order.  The tutu really is fit for a runner and the colors are so much fun!  I emailed Tough Girl Tutus about shipping times and their response was super helpful.

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The course was beautiful so we thought, why not take a few snazzy pics?! I used my Jenny Collection Handy 10 water bottle during the full 13.1 miles!  This was a great size for the race and allowed me to hydrate with Gatorade between water stops.    I actually run with this often because I hate searching for fluids on runs, especially in Florida!

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After the race, I was feeling pretty tired but the thought of wine tours and more amazing food was enough to keep me going… and so we went!  Off to Yountville!  I would definitely stay in this little town within the Napa Valley.  It has great restaurants and many wine shops with tastings on the main street.

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Wine tasting…

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The last full day was even better!  We went on two tours of vineyards and both could not have been more different from each other.

napa-bell-windery-clone-6Bell Wine Cellars was stunning!  The grounds are beautiful and we even got to drink wine and play bocce ball on the lawn… how fancy can you get?!  I loved learning about the wine making processing and our tour-guide-tasting-teacher-master-wino-extraordinaire, Elise, made it such an enjoyable experience.  <— the wine might have helped a little too 🙂

 

Our next stop was a crazy-interesting-must-go-to-see-for-yourself winery.  Raymond Vineyards.  The wine was amazing, the atmosphere even better.  I don’t think I’m a wine connoisseur and nor can I comment on wine tasting other than my own preference but Napa wine is definitely top notch!

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I feel alittle wine-isticated (<— note to self, not a wino if you use that term!) after this trip and every glass I’ll remember, swirl and sniff!

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Not sure how the next girl’s trip can top this one, but I can’t wait to find out!  Any recommendations for destination races?

 

 

San Francisco: tourist for the day

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“Hey, dude!” When I think of San Francisco, I think of Michelle Tanner on Full House, hilly roads and cable cars.  I spent two nights in San Francisco as the start of a (now annual) girls trip! The final destination was Napa, CA for the Zooma Women’s Half Marathon and lots of wine tasting <– let’s be honest, we really just went for the wine…
San Fran is probably one of my favorite cities. (Chicago summers being at the top of the list right now) If you want the beach, head south a little. Redwoods/nature/hiking, drive north. City tourist-for-a-day and wine connoisseur are fun roles to play.  The food is pretty spectacular and the sights are one of a kind.
This trip was a girl’s trip.  Translation – tons of chatting, wine and laughter.  I had far too much fun and took far too many pictures to post everything so I’ve listed my “top 10” San Fran moments…

1 – Running the Golden Gate Bridge (FOR FREE!)

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It’s not everyday that I get to wake up and go for a jog over one of the most popular bridges in the world ( <— my opinion).  The run/jog/picture-taking-session was amazing!  The San Fran side was very foggy and we couldn’t even see the top of the bridge, the water or the other side!   Parking, running and taking a ton of pictures were all free!

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Once we ran the 1.7 miles across the bridge, the sky cleared and the views were amazing!  The run was a little loud from the traffic, boats and horns and the air was definitely polluted with car emissions, but this is one run I will never forget!  So cool!

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2 – Air BNB

We stayed in the city two nights and most of the hotels we found were super expensive, sold out or yucky.  One of our friends mentioned Air BNB and this proved to be the BEST thing ever!  I didn’t take any pictures of our cute little abode, but it was perfect! The Sunny Apt City View, Qn Bed, Parking from Ms. Rita was wonderful!   Ms. Rita was so responsive and her rental was in a great location. Not too far from the city but far enough to get out of the chaos.  Parking was free and the bathroom was renovated and had a bidet… (google it if you need to… I did!)  I would definitely recommend this rental to others and will use AirBNB for the next trip!

3 – El Techo de Lolinda

El Techo de Lolinda is the a lively, fun, delicious rooftop bar in Mission district with a cool view of San Fran.  It’s mainly tapas and the best La Paloma I’ve ever had!  The atmosphere was so great!  The music was awesome (those great 80s and 90s hits!) and the food so incredible.

4 – Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bread Bowl from Boudin

I love the piers in San Fran. Actually, I think everyone loves the piers, specifically Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf because I felt like every tourist in San Fran was there.  We tried to visit Alcatraz but the next available tickets weren’t until the middle of July!  It sort of felt like the chaos of Disney World but with the famous clam chowder bread bowl in the middle, it’s definitely worth it!  Boudin Bakery is a must visit while in San Fran.  The bread bowls are like Philly Pretzels in PA… need I say more?!

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5 – Chocolate!

ghirardelli-squareSan Fran tourist won’t want to miss a stroll through Ghirardelli Square, where loving  chocolate is a prerequisite.  Although there’s no formal tour to see, the gift shops have a few old machines (this one in the picture had real chocolate processing in it!).  Of course, the Ghirardelli employees with their hats and aprons are in every shop giving out a sample as you walk in.  There were 3 separate shops in the square.  I found all 3.  <— and yes, had 3 samples of the mini squares!

6 – Cable Car Rides at Powell and Hyde

I wasn’t the only tourist who wanted to ride the cable cars… just look at all these people!  Actually, this line was over an hour wait, and yes, I waited!  The cable cars are so San Fran, they are a must do, but a must-do-early-thing if you’re smart.

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Once we got on a car, we were off to explore the city!  The cable cars went up and up and up (San Fran is very hilly!).  I was standing out back of the car by the driver so I took a few shots of the city… have I mentioned how much fun being a tourist is?!  The cable cars are $15 for a city pass which is good for all day rides on city transportation!  cable cars > walking  🙂

What.A.View.  I was mesmerized!  A few blocks later we got to Lombard Street!

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 7 – Lombard Street – The Crookedest Street in the World

Another “touristy” thing in San Fran is definitely taking a walk (or drive) down Lombard Street.  The sharp turns in this road are said to make this the crookedest street in the world!  Besides being full of tourist, Lombard Street is a great place to view the city and beautiful flowers grow everywhere!

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8 – little corner shops & wine breaks

After Lombard Street, we took a walk to find #1 a bathroom and #2 the next cable car stop so we could continue the trip around town.  Bathrooms were a little hard to find and most the of shops were just small storefronts “without bathrooms”  (<– no customer = no bathroom for you in San Fran)  Luckily, we came across Nook Café!  This wasn’t only a bathroom break, but it was such a cute café and just so happened to be serving happy hour drink specials so… hello my-five-oclock-somewhere-drink!

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9 – Italians

Yes, Italians.  That’s another one of my favorites of San Fran.  Specifically the Italians at the restaurant, E Tutto Qua.  We had dinner here because of the location and the good reviews on yelp.  Those reviews were spot on!  The staff were incredible… so friendly and had (sexy) Italian accents.  The pizza was delicious with a special pepper oil on top.  Oh, the dessert… panna cotta.  Need I say more?!

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10 – The Pacific Ocean

I live on the east coast. In Florida.  The highest thing I encounter are office buildings and bridges (Jacksonville has great running bridges!)  One of the things I really wanted to do in San Fran was take a trip to the ocean.  Breathtaking.  Although a little foggy, the views were still amazing and even though I didn’t get to touch the ocean, I got to smell it and even saw dolphins playing in the waves!

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If you haven’t made the trip to this foggy city, I highly recommend it!  I can’t want for my next trip!

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