I mentioned in my previous post that I had hit my 200 ounces of milk goal this past weekend. I'm pretty excited about that. It's going to be nice to know that I have an emergency reserve in case something happens and my supply takes a hit. Or if going back to the office and having to pump instead of nurse hurts it. I did a couple trial runs with the frozen milk and Elliot never batted an eye, so I am hoping that means when the time comes he will drink it with no problems (unlike Andrew who staunchly refused any previously frozen milk - my first hint that he'd be the picky eater he is today!).
I haven't had any supply worries yet, but I have already been taking measures to make sure that doesn't happen. I've been drinking Mother's Milk Tea on a regular basis and recently I've tried some different recipes for lactation cookies. My first go at making them didn't pan out too well. They were really dry and way too malty tasting. I still ate them because I refused to waste any ingredients since that stuff isn't exactly cheap (especially when you go to Whole Foods). My second batch was much better. I used a different recipe and made a couple tweaks to it. These once were much less dry and not as malty.
My third batch has been the best one yet. I used this recipe, but made a couple changes.
Instead of 1 cup butter I used 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cut unsweetened applesauce
I used 1/2 cup sugar instead of 1 cup
I used 4 tablespoons of flax instead of 2
I used 4 tablespoons brewers yeast
I added a teaspoon of cinnamon
I used steel cut oats in mine (the recipe doesn't specify what to use)
I added in a heaping spoonful of almond butter and one of peanut butter
I used mini chocolate chips and a big handful of white chocolate chips
These ones are delicious. They are nice and moist and to me don't taste malty at all, even though I used the max amount of brewers yeast that the recipe calls for. I made about 4 dozen, but could have made more if I didn't make some of them so big.
I think they are helping because I have been able to easily pump and extra 5-10 oz per day. I've even leaked a couple times recently, which hasn't happened since the very beginning. I'm hoping that they will help me continue to be able to pump plenty starting next week when I'm back at the office. I know Elliot's appetite is only going to continue to increase so I'm going to have my work cut out for me. At least I have something delicious to help me out!