Tuesday, October 21, 2008

On Excuses to Blow the Diet…

I’m breastfeeding. That’s right. I am.

Ever since String Bean was born, I’ve had problems with breastfeeding. I was told when she was born that our problems were all her fault, not mine. We “fixed” her and all was good. Then I had surgery. I was told that all our problems were mine, not hers. I’d lost my milk supply and was having a hard time rebuilding it.

Someone told me oatmeal was a natural galactagogue. (Yes, you do need to look it up.) A wise mom (my co-blogger, Amy) encouraged that I take it in the form of cookies. Yum. What a great idea! After all, I need to increase my milk supply. Why not do it by getting as much oatmeal in my diet as possible? Am I really going to eat multiple bowls of the stuff? No!

In that spirit, here is a recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake cookies. Why go to all the trouble of baking when you’re blowing the diet as it is? Of course, you’re blowing it for a good cause! I suggest you eat at least 4 (or more) a day. This is, of course, not intended to be any expert medical advice.

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
2 cups sugar
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except vanilla, peanut butter, and oats and cook over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter. When the peanut butter is mixed in add the oats.

Spoon out quickly onto wax paper. Cookies will harden as they set. If it seems too thin, add about more oatmeal before you spoon them out.After they set up, eat them.

If you have leftovers (I never do), put them in a closed container to keep them from getting too dry.


caryn said...

Sounds to me like a good excuse to blow a diet...besides the baby will thank you for it!

lisabauman said...

Good recipe - will have to try it. I have heard (& it's also a great one to have an excuse for!!) that beer makes good breastmilk.