World Breastfeeding Week

As Salam Alikum Readers

August 1st through 7th is world breastfeeding week

Some ways to support a breastfeeding mother are don’t stare or ask her to cover up its rude and some babies don’t like their heads covered think of it this way would you like to eat your meals with a blanket over your head ? No it’s hot and not very comfortable.

Offer the mother a comfortable chair and water as well as snacks breastfeeding makes a woman hungry and thirsty .

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Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies For Breastfeeding Mom’s

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 1/2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour

5 tablespoons brewers yeast or nutritional yeast , I personally use nutritional yeast

3 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons organic unsalted butter

4 tablespoons unrefined organic virgin coconut oil

1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar

1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks, I like ghirardelli

feel free to add: unsweetened flaked coconut chopped almonds, 1 to 2 tablespoons of almond butter

Preheat the oven the 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy. Add in the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined again. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula until they are evenly dispersed.

Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds (I use an ice cream scoop so they are fairly uniform in size) and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms are just golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.

Parent Of Special Needs Child

I am a parent of a child with special needs,

And I have been to places I never imagined.

I have fought for my child with many professionals,

I have won many battles, I know they are not over.

I have learnt that nothing comes easy,

I have grown so much more because of my child.

I see people differently, many for their kindness,

I have made new friends, who are strong like me.

I will wake again tomorrow, the same, but stronger.

Each day is new, I choose to focus on the positive,

I no longer worry about all of the little things,

And these days’ milestones have become the best things.

I am a parent of a child with special needs.

Pumping Tips And Hacks!

As Salam Alikum Readers

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post ,

Here are some things I’ve learned about pumping breast milk.

Constancy is super important to keep up a supply so even if you’re bone tired do not skip your scheduled pump.

Make sure your fluid intake is enough basically drink lots of water then drink some more the more water you drink the more milk you will make, on that note if you’re electrolytes are not balanced it will affect your output so add either a Gatorade or coconut water 32 ounces a day to help your supply.

Calories and carbohydrates are your friend and so is protein make sure you are eating enough , breastfeeding makes you hungry so when you feel hungry eat .

Multiple sets of flanges and connectors are going to help you in the long run so you’re not always washing the parts.

You can soak the dirty pumping parts in cold water with soap and vinegar then wash later

When freezing milk do so in approved milk bags and push out all the air then seal and lay flat and freeze then store the small bags into a gallon size bag and make bricks of breast milk.

Change the yellow and white valves to the duckbill valves they last longer and are easier because they are one piece .

Make sure your flanges are correctly fitted , will do separate post for fitting flanges.

Spectra is a great pump you can use medela flanges and connectors and bottles with a simple hack either diy or can buy it off of amazon.

Breastfeeding and pumping takes time and patience, supply and demand so if you need more milk nurse and pumping more will increase your supply of milk.

Power pumping is good way to get more milk it takes time here’s a picture of power pumping .

Here’s one of cluster pumping combine the two can increase your supply fast .