These have, by far, created the most buzz from my Freezer Meal Plan. There are a few comments alluding to it but I have also received several e-mails about them and what they are exactly. I think I mentioned something to my mother-in-law about seeing them advertised in specialty bakeries for some ridiculous price. Something like $40 a dozen! (The more I looked it seemed to be the going rate) My sweet MIL looked online and found a couple of recipes for lactation bars and finally settled on Mama Jeeper's Lactation Bars. Basically, they are a yummy snack that help promote milk production. How? They are chocked full of things that have been known to help with milk production -- flax, Brewer's yeast, oats, etc. This is helpful to someone (ME) who has a hard time eating a whole bowl of oatmeal of any kind (which is supposed to help with milk production as well). It's suggested to eat 4 or so a day. Note you may have to share these with children and husbands. :) While I have extreme issues with milk production these helped some. Others swear by them. I like that they are an easy snack during the ravenous time of nursing that can actually help the issue. Some people have complained about the extra calories -- I don't worry about too much when nursing. Worry about weight loss, etc after nursing. Although, some people (not me) tend to lose a ton of weight anyway while nursing. No, I'm not jealous. ;) (Can you say tangent?)
A friend mentioned giving these to new mama's as gifts. I think that is a lovely idea! I mention this below but I would suggest this as well for gift giving, wrap them individually and let them know they freeze well if needed.
Mama Jeeper's Oatmeal Lactation Breakfast Bars
2 c. butter, Crisco, or margarine (can mix and match to equal 2 c.) (I'm all for the butter and not that other stuff)
1 c. granulated sugar
2 c. packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. wheat germ
1/4 c. brewer's yeast (not baking yeast or what's used for brewing beer) or nutritional yeast powder (use 1/2 Cup)
1/4 c. flax meal (or whole flaxseed milled fine in a coffee grinder) (use 1/2 Cup)
4 c. oatmeal (old fashioned, or as thick-cut as you can find) (We used Steel Cut Oats)
1 bag mini semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c. nuts (optional)
Cream butter and sugars well, then add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Mix all dry ingredients (except for oats, chips, and nuts) in separate bowl. Combine the wet and dry ingredients all at once, stirring as well as possible by hand. Mix with beaters until smooth. Add oats and chips (and nuts, if desired), and stir until well blended. Divide dough into five parts.
Line a 10 X 7 cookie sheet (with shallow sides, like a jellyroll pan) with foil. Spray foil with nonstick spray. Spread 1/5 of the dough into the foil-lined pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
When done, simply lift out foil to remove the bars. Place another piece of foil into the pan and spray for the next batch. Allow to cool at least slightly before cutting each pan of bars into eighths.
Makes 40 bars
The dough freezes well so you can make a bunch up and then bake later. Just thaw dough in fridge and then let warm up a little out of the fridge before putting in the pan. The final bars freeze well, too. However, I would recommend wrapping them individually to help keep them fresh when they are being used. But that is just my preference and it makes them easy to pick up on the way out the door.
I read that someone put a vegan spin on these which if you are creative enough you can totally do. She mentioned using Mother's Milk Tea as the "wet" part of baking-- which would be another good way to add lactation helping goodness.