When I first became pregnant with Ezra, I knew I was going to breastfeed. I mean, duh right? I already live as naturally as possible, breast milk is less expensive than formula, and my mom did it with me so why shouldn't I do it? I've been asked by other moms, "When did you first decide you were going to breastfeed your son?". I never really knew how to answer that question because I don't think I really ever decided, I just knew that it was what I was going to do.
I thought I was fully prepared. I mean, I had a nursing pillow, a nursing top (ONE nursing top), a nursing bra (ONE nursing bra, this is my favorite one), and made some lactation cookies. I had packed a container of Infinity Balm for my nipples, just in case they were sore or cracked and it doubled as a diaper rash cream for Ezra if he needed it. I had a few breast pads in case my milk leaked (my mom said hers did all the time). I even planned to consume my placenta because I had learned in school that studies have shown that it can help your milk come in.
So, me, being the "Type A" person that I am, thought I knew all there was to know about breastfeeding. I mean, I read a bunch of books (these are my favorites here and here), I had taken classes in school, and I had helped my former clients and family/friends breastfeed.
Well... there was a whole different world I didn't even know about.
I didn't have any issues with my milk coming in, I was lucky. I had some other issues. Ezra was born 5 weeks early and he had a tough time latching on his own. Every single nursing session (for 5 weeks) began with me rubbing my nipple on his lip and hand expressing some milk into his mouth. Next came getting him into a comfortable position (for us it was usually side lying) and literally shoving my nipple into his mouth. It would take a few minutes of him being frustrated for him to get a proper latch-- but once he did, we were golden!
I remember the first time he latched on his own, with barely any effort on my part, it was like a magical day and I even wrote it in his baby book.
About 7 weeks after Ezra was born, I began to have some supply issues. He wasn't making enough wet or poopy diapers (which by the way- is the only indication of supply). I was barely making enough for him. I was thankful, for a bit, that I had some milk frozen in the freezer for him. I was frustrated and wrote on a breastfeeding support page on Facebook about my issues.
Next came the world I didn't really know existed:
"Have you tried lactation cookies?"
"What about skin to skin?"
"Are you sure it's not a growth spurt?"
"What about goat's rue? Maybe fenugreek?"
"Try the light blue Gatorade, if you don't like dyes try coconut water!"
"Try power-pumping girlfriend! Either he eats or you pump every 2 hours until your supply comes back up"
Like holy-- WOW! There was this whole new world of tips and tricks I didn't even really know much about! I had heard of lactation cookies-- so I quickly whipped myself up a batch. I learned I wasn't eating enough. I also was introduced to Mrs Patel's Fenugreek Bars and Teas, which is one of my favorite gifts to send to my new momma friends!
I listened to the advice that was given to me from other mamas and even a lactation consultant. It took about 3 days and my supply was back to where it needed to be! Later I found out I had an oversupply. I was working at one point to regulate it but my milk was like go-go juice (haha) it just kept coming. I later learned my mother had the same issue! I decided to pump (btw if you're going to do a lot of pumping, try this pumping bra) and donate to other moms, which wasn't that easy because I never responded well to pumps! My little guy continued to grow and is now huge! He is 15 months old and still nursing daily-- he loves to nurse! I still have a great supply!
I liked keeping lactation cookies on hand, all different recipes, just so that I had a quick snack. To be honest, after a while I just got bored with them. I would want something sweet, like a treat, and the lactation cookies didn't do it for me. I also didn't like the taste of the brewer's yeast. It didn't take long for me to start fooling around in my kitchen in the middle of the night... and low and behold I came up with the best tasting lactation treat you've ever had---- LACTATION BROWNIES!
These brownies are the bomb dot com!! I won't even lie-- I couldn't because they are THAT good! The first few recipes were kinda hit and miss but I finally perfected them about a month ago! I the type of person that likes a rich, moist brownie-- don't come at me with one of those dried out brownies nope that will just make me angry.. or hangry. Get me a good brownie!
I know that most people don't eat brownies with frosting, I know growing up I never did, but then I met my husband and his family never eats brownies without frosting. I came up with a wonderful frosting recipe too-- fudgy and all that wonderfulness!
And you know what don't worry what anyone else says... if your husband asks you why you are eating your third brownie just exclaim "There are no rules here!" or "It's for the baby!" and continue eating this yummy brownie!
1 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar (I like this kind)
1/3 Cup of Cacao or Cocoa Powder. (These are the best with dark cocoa powder)
1/2 Cup Flour (for grain free try Otto's Cassava Flour 1/2 Cup)
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Fenugreek (opt)
3 Tbsp Brewer's Yeast (my favorite kind)
1/2 Cup Melted Butter (be sure it isn't hot)
1 Tsp Vanilla
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Mix all of the wet ingredients together.
-In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients.
-With an electric mixer (I used my standing mixer) mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
-Line an 8X8 pan with natural parchment paper.
-Pour the batter into the pan.
-Bake for 20-23 minutes.
-Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting or frosting (recipe for frosting at the bottom of the page)
**These also work great as just "regular brownies". To do that simply remove fenugreek and brewer's yeast from the recipe.**
***If you have thyroid issues, please talk with a health professional before using fenugreek***
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (In the can, I like this kind, I use it in many recipes including my dairy free ice cream)
2 Tbsp Smooth Cashew Butter (love this kind)
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips (I like soy free, sugar free, this kind)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
-In a sauce pan, combine all ingredients over medium heat.
-Mix together well until smooth.
-Pour frosting over brownies (or cake).
-Place brownies (or cake) in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes so that the frosting has solidified.
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Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!