2 weeks post partum, grain-free lactation cookies, & girls weekend video

by purelytwins

2 week post partum update and recipe for grain-free, egg-free healthy lactation cookies.

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My days seem to be rolling together. I never really know what day it is. I am a walking zombie it feels like.

These first 2 weeks of post partum flew by. For the most part I am surviving. I am doing well. Madison is doing well.

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Jax joins me for most nursings but not the nighttime ones, he likes his sleep.

We had a fun girls weekend as Gary was out of town. We captured some of the moments from the weekend plus I share my recipe for grain-free, egg-free lactation cookies that I eat every night during my nighttime nursings.

2 week post partum update

click to watch on youtube


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Weight: I am about 2-3 lbs away from my prepregnancy weight. I never really weighed myself much before getting pregnant as my weight tends to fluctuate. I am not a fan of the scale anyways, I prefer to go by how I feel and how my clothes fit. I gained about 18lbs during my pregnancy and lost most of it at labor.

I am happy with my weight and not stressing over those last few pounds. I know once I can really workout again my body will naturally adjust to the weight I need to be. For now, I am focusing on Madison and staying strong and healthy for her.

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Eats:  I have been eating very similar to how I did during my pregnancy just added in a few more snacks.  I only track my macros a few days a week to keep me on track. I like doing it as I feel it helps me learn and understand my body better. I know it’s not for everyone and that is fine. I don’t stress over it. I generally know what to eat as I tend to know what works for my individual body.

Emotions: All over the place. Taking my placenta capsules has helped with my postpartum recovery, especially with my emotions. I tend to be happier on the days I remember to take them.  These damn hormones are crazy.

One minute I am happy and feel I got this… followed by crying hysterically thinking I am doing everything wrong.  Michelle and Gary have been great at supporting me during this emotional roller coaster.

Sleep: Average is probably 2-3 hours. Some nights I can get 4 hours. I try to take cat naps when Madison is sleeping but something always pops up that I forget to lay down for a little bit. Some days I do take a 20-30 minute nap.

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Exercise: I have done nothing besides a few walks during the day. Each walk is around my neighborhood and they last about 10 minutes. Sometimes 15. This week I hope to walk a bit longer.

No other form of exercise as I normally rest or help Michelle with work which keeps me busy.

Skin: My skin is doing well. No pimples which I am SO happy about 🙂 I mentioned a few times during my pregnancy how nervous I was about my skin post pregnancy.

So far my skin is handling everything well, so I am very pleased.

Digestion: Good. No major issues. I do take Natural Calm once or twice a day to help keep my bowel movements normal. No gas or upset tummy. I am hungry for my meals and feel good when I eat.

In the video above you saw some of my eats.

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Madison’s 2 week update

Weight: She lost some of her birth weight but has now surpassed her birth weight. The last time she got weighed she was 7lbs 1oz and that was earlier this month.  Her 1 month check-up is at the end of the month so we can then know for sure if she is gaining the proper weight.  I feel she is nursing well and getting bigger. Madison is wearing mostly 3 month clothing (even though big on her) with a few newborn shirts.

Breastfeeding: Going well. 95% of the time she latches on good. I focus on her finishing one breast before offering her the second one. She sometimes takes the second breast. She varies from being a fast eater to a slow one. Guess she gets that from her parents. I am struggling during the nighttime feedings to keep her awake. It is frustrating to me because I finally get her asleep (as she struggles falling asleep, she fights it) then about 30 minutes later it is time to nurse again. These late night early morning nursings are much shorter than the ones during the day.

Digestion: Madison was a little constipated two days last week. I rubbed highly diluted jojoba oil with 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop roman chamomile on her belly and feet. And it helped get things back to normal. I was a worried mom that she might have my stomach issues, but so far seems that was a little bump.

Sometimes she does fuss a little when she is trying to pass some gas, but overall she does great.

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Sleep: She doesn’t like to fall asleep. She usually cries when she has to go down for a nap or nighttime. She hasn’t learned yet to soothe herself. I haven’t given her a pacifier yet. I am waiting another week or so. She does love being held to fall asleep. And I admit right now I don’t mind doing that. I know once she gets a little bit older we will be able to figure out better sleeping habits.

Her fussy periods tend to vary. Some nights her witching hour is from 12am-2am and other times it is from 7-9pm. This little girl sure keeps me on my toes.

Now to the cookie that keeps me happy and awake during the night.

The best grain-free, egg-free lactation cookies

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A simple healthy cookie recipe for breastfeeding moms. I find these cookies to be a little sweet but mostly savory. They are very addicting, which is great as I need fuel during the night to stay awake while nursing, burping and changing Madison.

Hope you enjoy my recipe! (In the video above I show how to make them.)

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Grain-free egg-free lactation cookies

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Healthy grain-free egg-free lactation cookies. The perfect cookies to enjoy during those late nights of breastfeeding. Oat-free lactation cookies for those that cannot handle oats. Brewer yeast and coconut oil filled cookies.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: makes about 15 - 16 cookies 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sunflower seed flour
  • 1/4 cup brewers yeast
  • 2 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon gelatin
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. If you do not have sunflower seed flour, place about 2 cups whole sunflowers and grind into flour using either a food processor or blender.
  3. Place all dry ingredients into bowl and mix together.
  4. Stir in coconut oil and maple syrup.
  5. Stir until everything comes together.
  6. If cookies are not coming together, place in blender or food processor to lightly pulse together.
  7. Scoop cookies onto baking tray.
  8. Lightly press cookies down to flatten as they will not spread.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Notes

*I have made these with 1/3 cup coconut oil and only 2 tbsp maple syrup.

These lactation cookies are moist on the inside with a nice outside crunch. The brewers yeast helps boost and/or maintain milk supply. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is also great for breastfeeding. Lauric acid is a powerful anti-microbial fatty acid that protects the immune system of the fetus and newborn.

Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid which helps improve the absorption of nutrients already existing in the mother’s diet.

And Michelle has had a few too 😉

In the recipe I provided two options. The one with more maple syrup provides a more sweet and moist cookie. The second version with more coconut oil provides more of a dry and crunchy cookie. Both are delicious!

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To all my moms out there hats off to you!!! Every one of you inspire me everyday and thank you for the sweet comments and support!

Any tips to help Madison with sleeping?

Any tips for introducing a pacifier?

Any tips for keeping her awake during nursing?

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31 comments

Emmy October 14, 2014 - 10:53 am

I’m a new mom too and I had my Alina on September 27 which I think is the same day you had Madison. I was also waking Alina up every three hours to feed her and when I asked our pediatrician how long I should continue to do this he was vague and said there wasn’t really a specific time frame. So I posed the question in a cloth diaper group (cottonbabies) on FB which is great group for mom advice. I got hundreds of comments that you don’t have to wake them to feed once they have gained the weight they lost after birth back, they are eating good and gaining weight and as long as they are not jaundiced. I stopped waking Alina up to feed. Luckily she likes to sleep and will sleep five to six hours a night without waking. She is gaining weight great and eats all day long. She usually falls asleep around 8 or 9 pm and then wakes up from midnight to 1 am to eat. It’s usually a two hour process in the night to feed her. I have found that she likes to fall asleep on my chest so I feed her and then snuggle with her fro at least 20-30 min until I feel like I want to sleep then out her in her crib. Sometimes she sleeps and sometimes she wimpers and cries and she either wants to eat again or just be held more until she is fast asleep. Usually like I said it takes awhile but then she’ll sleep for another three or five hours. I loved following your blog throughout pregnancy as we were at the same place each week. Good luck with Madison sleeping!

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Emmy thank you so much. yay for another Sept. 27th baby 🙂 and so happy to hear that I am not alone with this issue. I will look into that FB group, thanks!

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Emmy October 14, 2014 - 11:07 am

Oh also to keep her awake during feedings we sometimes take her clothes off. If she’s nice and warm she seems to sleep easier but then of course once she’s done redding you have to put them back on which might wake her back up again. I also keep her awake by rubbing her head, her arm, her back, her feet. I rub her arm and back more vigorously than her head. The lactation consultant was pretty vigorous with the rubbing when she was showing me how. The thing that really works for me is to scoop my hand under her head and gently lift her head off the nursing pillow. This seems to wake her up. Also I push the corner of her mouth softly like I’m going to break the latch but I don’t push enough to actually break the latch and usually she is like oh no Ii want more and starts nursing again.

Also, with getting her to sleep have you tried swaddling her? We are swaddling her when we put her in the crib to sleep which is working however we have done it since birth so don’t know how she would do without it. I leave her arms out of the swaddle and just do the body. My hubby likes to put her arms in the swaddle. It’s amazing how much she moves while sleeping! This morning she was moving her arms all over the place and turning from side to side and I kept checking her and she would still be fast asleep. They are so silly.

Hope this helps!

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 2:25 pm

oh yes I sometimes take her clothes off too, that seems to help. I do swaddle her, I forgot to mention that in the post. We’ve been doing that since birth too. At first she hates it, she cries when putting it on. But after awhile when we calm her down she seems to like it, and I do feel it helps with her to sleep better, but she fights it at first.

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Marie October 14, 2014 - 11:33 am

Newborn sleeping saviour for me (2 kids and counting…): Miracle swaddling blanket!! It’s called that for a reason! lol
Google them! Swaddling, in my experience, helps so so much. It can be the difference between a 1 hour nap and a 4 hours nap… and those extra couple hours are so amazing.

Madison is a doll, by the way! 🙂 Love your posts!

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 2:25 pm

thanks Marie, we use the summer swaddle I will have to look into the miracle one. thanks

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Emmy October 14, 2014 - 11:42 am

Ok sorry my last comment about waking newborns up to feed (if you are even doing that). Even though we are new moms we still have our instincts. My instinct was telling me it wasn’t right to wake up Alina to feed. It would take me at least 30 min to wake her and then right when she would start nursing she would fall back to sleep. It just didn’t feel right and I was reassured by all the comment from my FB groups of moms. I think you have to fellow your instincts and so what is right for you and Madison. 🙂

Oh I was also told by the lactation consultant that dabbing them with a cool wet wash cloth can help keep them awake while nursing.

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Maaike October 14, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Hi Lori, Hang in there! The first three weeks are a blur – you’re doing great! And looking beyond awesome too! Tips for keeping baby awake while nursing would be to circle her ear with your finger when you are nursing her or tickle her chin a little to stimulate your suckling. If its daytime nursing, I would keep the lights on and talk to her so she can learn daytime habits and if your nursing at night and she falls back asleep, I would let her. But you know, really – just do what you gotta do! You can’t go wrong – I know I wasted too much energy and thoughts about trying to figure out the right way…everyday is learning and baby knows what she needs to do – eat, sleep, poop – right?! Big hugs!

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 3:57 pm

definitely a blur 🙂 but I am loving it all. I am enjoying each moment with her. I will try to tickle her chin more during nursing to see if that helps. thanks for the support!! xo

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Kat October 14, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Jax looks like those nanny dogs children used to have in the 18th century. There are great vintage pictures online of mostly pitbulls guarding the children in cribs 🙂

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Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers October 14, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Thanks for the recipe. I wish I’d had lactation cookies when I was nursing Ethan. I was always hungry at that 2am feeding, and my supply was never quite enough for my growing little man. They totally would have helped!

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 3:54 pm

thanks Tiff, so far I feel they have helped!

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sophie October 14, 2014 - 2:47 pm

In the first and last pictures of the lactation cookies…you misspelled lactation. You wrote “lacation”

I’m not breast-feeding…but the cookies still look good 🙂

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 3:53 pm

haha thanks, guess that is from lack of sleep. I will go and fix that, thanks! and oh yes these cookies are great for everyone to enjoy 🙂

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lindsay October 14, 2014 - 3:09 pm

hang in there mama, you’re doing great! and an inspiration to us all. I’ve actually made lactation bites before. Not for me, but i still ate them. haha, is that bad?
p.s you look amazing

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 3:54 pm

nope not bad, I would have done the same thing! and thank you sweetie!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 14, 2014 - 3:47 pm

That picture of Jax is too cute! And omg Madison is precious!

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 3:53 pm

thank you Erin!!

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Leticia October 14, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Hi Lori

This is my first time commenting on your wonderful blog and I’d just like to say congratulations! The best advice I was given when having my daughter (Pearl) re night time sleeping was to make sure the room is really dark and have just enough light on so you can see what you’re doing. I used two soft glowing touch lights. Also to save cuddles and affection for daytime and give them minimal amount of this during the night (which is hard to do I know). But they soon learn that its just not worth waking up! They begin to distinguish between night and day. I feel this is the reason my daughter started sleeping through 8pm-8am at 10 weeks old. Hope this makes sense. You’re doing a fabulous job so far, just remember to take it one day at a time! L x

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purelytwins October 14, 2014 - 8:43 pm

THank you for commenting and sharing these tips! I will work on them more 😉

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GiGi Eats October 15, 2014 - 12:23 am

OMG MY BRAIN! MY BRAIN is in the gutter. I am ridiculous – I was thinking, OMG – Lactation Cookies……… And the secret ingredient is… Breast MILK! OMFG – bah ha ha aha ha ah aha ha aha!

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purelytwins October 15, 2014 - 11:42 am

hahaha now that would be some cookie 😉

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Brooke October 15, 2014 - 11:51 pm

I had a really hard time keeping my son awake for nursing for the first two weeks. Lots of “baby sit-ups” and skin to skin contact helped. Also, after 2 weeks I decided to ignore the pediatrician’s advice of waking him for feedings and just let him wake up on his own when he was hungry. This made SUCH a difference. I got more sleep, we were both less frustrated, and I was a happier mama! I never woke my second for nighttime feedings. I just let her cue me when she was hungry. So I guess my best advice is to follow your instincts and not a doctor’a advice for things like sleep and eating ;). You’re doing great!!

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purelytwins October 16, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Thanks girl! I agree 😉

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Deanna October 16, 2014 - 4:14 pm

You know, neither of my boys slept well. I let them co-sleep with me so that we could sleep. That only lasted about 4 months with each and then they transitioned to their cribs. They didn’t sleep well until 12-18 months,but now they sleep great. The moral of my story is do what feels right to you and it will all work out- I promise you! Trust your gut, sweeties!

So I’ve never tried Brewers yeast. Is it a lot different in flavor, etc from nutritional yeast?

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purelytwins October 16, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Thanks girl!! It has a slight different flavor, but still has that unique savory taste.

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Oy S. October 17, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Any tips to help Madison with sleeping?…..Both of my boys sleep good when swaddling them.

Any tips for introducing a pacifier? …. Sorry, don’t know much about pacifier because both of my boys none of the like paci.

Any tips for keeping her awake during nursing?….I tickle his feet also took off his cloth sometime and cold wash cloth rub on his feet.

Ps. Madison looks so adorable. Oh, we use coconut oil whenever have rash on bottom but cloth diapers hardly to give my baby diaper rash.

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lia October 17, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Is the gelitan necessary? What would yoy suggest as an alternative? We are plant bassed and I’d love to make these and send them to a couple friends aling with traditional oat kinds!

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purelytwins October 18, 2014 - 9:23 am

You can use any protein powder or nut meal for the gelatin, we just eat it for the amino acids.

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rachel October 21, 2014 - 7:17 am

great idea to try sunflower seed flour! do you make that yourself?

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purelytwins October 21, 2014 - 8:55 am

Yes we do.

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