Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Milk and Cookies

Today I'm making a normal sized batch of oatmeal raisin cookies for J to take to work tomorrow to share with the other soldiers.

I broke down and decided to take a 16 week bump shot today.  Honestly there is just nothing to see because I had lost weight and finally gained only 0.6 lbs back.  However that roll of fat I used to have in front is no longer fat but a nice hard abdomen from the occupant.

Look away if you don't want to see the photo.

Even with putting my hand below the bump I have no real bump.  I blame the inherited wide hips I got from my mom.

But yes, I have plans tonight of cutting the tags off the maternity clothes.  First washing them and seeing how much they shrink before hemming the pants of course as I've made the mistake of hemming a garment first then washing it and well it was horrible.

Last night, the milk part of the title, J and I went to a breast feeding class.  I found that I do have one of the suggested manual pumps on my registry but I also added in the electric ones they suggested.  For those of you with experience with pumping what do you recommend?

Now for the real milk and cookies.  I have a recipe to share with the ladies that want to improve their milk production.  This is a recipe that a gal created to help with her lactation.

Lactation Cookies
makes 5 dozen.  suggested 4 cookies per day

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 TBSP water
2 TBSP flaxseed meal (no substitutions)
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups thick cut oats
1 cup chocolate chips
2 TBSP brewers yeast (no substitutions)

Preheat oven to 375

Mix 2 TBSP of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
Cream together butter and sugar.
Add eggs.
Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
Beat until well blended.
Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and chocolate chips.
Add butter mix to dry ingredients.
Stir in the oats and then the chocolate chips.
Drop on parchment paper on baking sheet.
Bake 8-12 minutes.

Try substituting white chocolate chips
May add 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut

I threatened to make these today for the soldiers where J works and he dared me.  Alas I'd rather not want to feel responsible for odd things happening to the guys.


  1. Those first bump pictures are so fun. Glad you've started taking them, they will be great memories later.

    I was given an electric pump with my first and never managed to get the hang of it. I ended up using the Lansinoh Manual Pump and had great results! And that was when I worked outside the home! I purchased it again for this little one, too.

  2. My insurance covered renting a hospital grade pump and then most of the cost of a portable one (only $80 copay for the one I wanted). Before you buy anything, check with your insurance company. Many are now covering this.

    And if it does, I really recommend the hospital grade one to establish milk supply.

  3. Your health care actually will pay for a free pump, it's part of the affordable care act!! I am getting the one available through my plan.... Good luck with the hemming!!

  4. I used an electric pump, I couldn't imagine using a manual one! But hats off to you ladies who managed fine with one. I would also recommend a "hands free" bra to hold the pump in place, so you don't have to sit there holding it. Worked great for me. And love the lactation cookies! My friend came over and made them for me, they are the best. You are looking good, that bump is going to pop before you know it.

  5. I have the Medela Harmony manual pump and it's been so easy to use. To previous posters - not all insurance covers pumps...military health insurance only covers pumps in certain circumstances, not across the board.

  6. We'll clearly I haven't read blogs in a long long time, so first off, congratulations on your pregnancy! What a pleasant surprise! Your comment about breast feeding class had me wondering if that was the case! Not sure if you know, but breast ohms are covered by law by insurance now. You just have to call your insurance company. Mine covered one for me (even with induced lactation) and sent me a link to a website where I could choose one. Just wanted you to know, in case you are qualified too. :)

  7. You look so great!! I didn't start to pop until after 20 weeks. Not very far away for you!

    Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe, I must try it!

  8. Awesome, you look fantastic!


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