Lactation Booting Milk Shake: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana

I love chocolate milkshakes! Really, anything chocolate is my favorite. When searching for awesome lactation recipes, I found this amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake from We’re Parents. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Lacation Milkshake

1                 Frozen Banana
1/4 cup       quick oats
2 tbsp         Creamy Peanut Butter (Can also use almond butter)
2 tbsp         Flax seed
3 capsules  Fenugreek Seed (Open and pour the powder)
2 tbsp         Cacao powder
3/4 cup       Milk
2 cups        Ice

In a blender add the oats and pulse them until small grainy texture. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the ice, and blend well. Once blended add the ice and blend until smooth.

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Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

chocolate chip cookies

I love chocolate chip cookies so when I found this recipe for chocolate chip lactation cookies, I was very excited.

Original Recipe from How Sweet It Is

Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

3 cups           old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups    flour
5 tbsp           brewer’s yeast (has to be this brand)
3 tbsp           flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp          baking powder
1/2 tsp          baking soda
1/2 tsp          ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp          salt
12 tbsp         butter
4 tbsp           coconut oil
1 1/2 cups    sugar
1 lg              egg
1 lg              egg yolk
2 tsp            vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups   dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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

In another bowl, beat the butter and coconut oil until creamy. Add sugar and beat 4-5 minutes. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beat an additional 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and dry ingredients slowly. Once it is all mixed, add in chocolate chunks.

Scoop 1 inch rounds. Bake 10-14 minutes.

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Increasing Milk Production

I have been searching for different lactation recipes to help boost my milk production. With the girls I had lost all production after the first month. Some of this was because of my anemia, some from the exhaustion, and some, I will admit, from not trying hard enough to keep it going. So this time around I wanted to really try to provide breast milk for my child for longer than a month. I am excited to say that I have made it a month and still feel like I can go longer. I have to say that a lot of it is because of the lactation recipes I have found.

I am including the recipe links in this blog post. I have altered the original recipes to make them work best for my taste.

Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

Vegan Apple Pie Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Cookies

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Lactation Cookie Bars

Booby Bites – No Bake

Breakfast Granola Bars

If you have any additional recipes that have worked for you, please comment with the link to the recipe.

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Mason One Month

Mason turned a month old on February 8th. I cannot believe it has been a month already. It’s been such a busy month for us. Here is a month recap for our first month.

Recap Since His Birth

Mason was born on January 8th. We stayed in the hosptial until January 11th due to his jaundice levels. He was checked the following three days to monitor his levels and was readmitted on Thursday January 14th. We were in the hospital until January 16th. You can read about his hospital stay and what happened during that first week here at DAT Positive…What is that?

We had Mason’s newborn photos that following week. You can see some of the photos here at Newborn Photo Shoot. The rest of the month was spent adjusting to having a newborn at home while managing twin 3 1/2 year olds. Our biggest challenge this past month was making sure that the girls got their time too. They enjoy helping us take care of their little brother but most of the attention was directed to their brother. Our goal for the upcoming month is to devote more time to them without focusing on their brother.

Watch Him Grow

Mason was 8 lbs 2 oz and 20 inches long at birth. His measurements this month are:

Weight: 10 lbs 2 oz

Height: Approximately 20 1/2 inches
(This was harder to check because he moves so much).

Babywise

I started Mason’s babywise schedule this past month. I tried to have a baby led schedule but he was changing his schedule daily and it was difficult to manage with the girls. Babywise scheduling was something I learned about during my pregnancy with Bailey and Brooke. I started this scheduling method to help keep them on a 3 hour schedule together, so that I was not feeding a baby every hour. I had read that other moms used this scheduling technique with their single babies as well.

During this first month Mason had his first transition in the babywise. To be honest, I didn’t start the scheduling until he was in the first transition at 3 weeks. This is his current schedule.

7:00 AM – He wakes up. I change him and get him dressed for the day. Then I feed him. HeBecoming A Babywise Mom usually eats about 3 oz or nurses for 30+ minutes. From here he is awake for about an hour and a half to two hours. During this time we are usually taking the girls to school, running errands or heading to bible study. If we are home, he plays on his tummy and on his back, rotating every 15 minutes or so. He gets bored on his tummy for too long or will fall asleep. About 8:45 he will fall asleep for a quick nap.

9:30 AM – I wake him up from his nap. Yes I wake a sleeping baby to keep him on his schedule. I change his diaper and then he eats about 3 oz or nurses for 30 minutes. He usually stays away about 30 minutes and then falls asleep for an hour and a half. I put him in his bed for this nap.

12:00 PM – I wake him from his nap again. I change his diaper, and then he eats about 3 oz or nurses for 30 minutes. This time he is back to sleep as soon as he finishes eating. He naps the entire time. During this time we have to leave to pick up the girls and return just before his next feeding time.

3:00 PM – I wake him from his nap to change his diaper and feed him. He eats about 3 oz or nurses 30 minutes. He is usually awake about an hour after this feeding time. During that time he will have tummy time and individual play time.

5:30 PM – If he has had a nap, I wake him and change him. Then I feed him 3 oz or nurse him 30 minutes. He again stays awake for about an hour after this feeding. During this time I am cooking dinner so he gets tummy time, time in the swing, or snuggle time with Joel.

8:00 PM – This is bath time for him. I schedule his bath time just before a feeding time as it usually wakes him up and he is hungry during this time. If I feed him before the bath, he will spit it up during the bath. I learned that lesson with the girls.

8:30 PM – He is usually awake for this feed because of his bath time. I nurse him for about 30 minutes before putting him to bed around 9 PM.

11:30 PM – I get him up for his dream feed. This is a quiet time where the lights are dimmed and I do not talk or play with him. This feed is quiet because he needs to return to sleep as soon as he is done eating. At this feeding time he eats 4 oz or 45 minutes. Allowing him to eat an extra ounce will get him to sleep longer before the next feeding. As soon as he finishes, he returns to bed.

3:30 AM – I will get him up for a middle of the night feeding. Again this is a quiet time just like before so that he will go back to sleep. He eats 4 oz or nurses for 45 minutes. He returns to bed as soon as he is finished.

With this schedule, Joel and I are able to get 4 hours of sleep in between feeding times. Joel is able to get a little more because he is not up for all the feedings. Mason will have his next transition around 8 weeks which will remove the middle of the night feeding which will promote a longer time between night feedings while still allowing him to eat 8 times a day. Over the next few weeks, we will transition that 3:30 AM feeding pushing it an hour each week. This will allow him to learn how to stretch his feeding times.

Now for the best part…Mason’s One Month Photos

 

 

We purchased Mason’s monthly picture stickers here at Amazon.com.

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Life with Twins and A Newborn

Things have changed so much around our house. Everyone has had major adjusting to do.

Exhausted

Joel and I are not sleeping much as most parents with a newborn. Mason is a decent sleeper but he still wakes us in the middle of the night. Most of the wake time is for me but Joel does help when I ask him to. I honestly can’t complain too much because I am getting around 6 hours of slep most nights (not all at once of course).

Bailey

Bailey has become a “little mama”. She wants to help with everything with her brother. She is very curious with diaper changes and nursing. She wants to help me feed him, get him dressed, bathe him, etc… She acts out what she sees me do with her dolls, including nursing them. This has been a conversation I did not expect. Overall, she has adjusted well to him.

Brooke

Brooke has not adjusted as well. She loves her brother so much but she has struggled from the “middle child syndrome”. That sounds so funny because she is only a middle child by 20 minutes. Since Mason gets a lot of attention , he takes the attention Brooke is used to getting away. She now throws fits, like the ones she threw at around 18 months old. She often runs away screaming when she gets in trouble or is unhappy about a situation. Most of her behavior is attention seeking. Her behavior has Joel and I working really hard to balance our time more and give the girls the time they need.

Routine

Our entire routine has been rocked for almost two months. Before it was due to Christmas break but now it is trying to adjust to the new baby. Mason is not officially on a routine yet so it throws the rest of us off. I keep hoping for a regular schedule soon.

We have tried to return to Mother’s Day Out and Bible Study for the girls to have some time. The routine is important for them. Having time for them is going to help both of them adjust to our change in family life.

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