But can it save a new mom and her precious nursing relationship to her baby? I knew a childbirth educator that wisely said that a breastfeeding class was much more important to take than a childbirth prep class because childbirth can last a couple of days (max) while breastfeeding can last years.
As for my own personal experience, I intellectually knew that breastfeeding was hard but, somehow decided that my journey would be easy (it’s natural and intuitive, right?). After a great pregnancy and a beautiful birth, how could we not help but take to nursing like ducks to water, right? WRONG. Due to a combination of anatomical things (her: high palate me: flat nipples) and inexperience on both of our parts, we spent the first couple of weeks postpartum with our lactation consultant, nervous about weight and proper number of poos. There was a breast pump and a nipple guard and jiggling, rubbing a sleepy baby to just keep sucking. Eventually, we got the hang of it. It really is a tremendous learning curve and, now, I feel like I could breastfeed while jumping on a trampoline or riding a horse (maybe not but, we have certainly adventure-breastfed walking down a rural path in Vermont and in the main office of the Brooklyn post office).
One of the reasons that there was such a hustle and flurry so early on was that we needed to establish my milk supply. I think this is something that just about every breast feeding mom worries about in the initial phases of nursing- how do I know and trust my body is making enough? This issue of supply can be revisited many times during the nursing relationship; things like dehydration, anemia, sleep deprivation, going back to work, the return of menses, transitioning to solids, etc. can cause our milk production to dip.
Imagine at any one of these moments, sitting down and taking the time to have a cup of tea and a cookie. I think the notion of just slowing for a moment to really enjoy the nurturing warmth and aroma of a nice cup of tea and the small, sweet treat a cookie can provide is almost as important as the ingredients contained within the snack. However, Divine Daughter’s Milky Mama tea, does contain a tasty combination of galactagog herbs- designed to replenish (or establish) a healthy milk supply and maintain production. Likewise, these cookies, contain a mixture of nutrients that are good for nursing mothers (hint: make up a big batch prenatally and store the dough in your freezer, that way you can have a quick cookie whenever you need one).
Oatmeal Nursing Cookies*
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup wheat germ
¾ cup pecans, chopped
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, soak raisins in melted butter and vanilla for 1 hour. Add eggs and sugars; beat well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, oats, and wheat germ. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet. Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips by hand. Spoon onto greased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Sit down, take a deep breath, and enjoy!