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Recipes for labouring women and new mothers

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I feel like I've been doing a lot of searching for recipes for various things, and I thought it might be fun to have a thread that is specifically for recipe-sharing. Things like Lactation Cookie recipes, Labourade recipes and Placenta Smoothie Recipes. Also, good postpartum meal recipes, and anything else you can think of!


So to start, this is the Lactation Cookie recipe I'm going to be making for a friend of mine who is vegan. I thought it was seasonally appropriate, with the pumpkin puree. 




I'm also going to be adding spices to the recipe, probably 1 tsp of cinnamon, then a largeish pinch of powdered ginger, and smallish pinches of nutmeg and cardamom. 


I think I'll make the same recipe for myself, but unveganize it - using eggs and butter (but keeping the flax meal). 




As for my Placenta Smoothie recipe, this is what I'm going to be doing since I want to keep my placenta fresh and not freeze it. 


Divide placenta into eighths. (The goal is to drink two placenta smoothies a day, with an eighth of a placenta in each.)

Combine with frozen blueberries and strawberries, half a banana, a dollop of plain, high probiotic yogurt, frozen coconut water and some honey.




Combine with frozen strawberries, a whole frozen banana, high probiotic yogurt and a big spoonful of peanut butter.


Drink smoothie quickly so that it stays COLD. Apparently the placenta taste becomes more apparent as the smoothie warms. 




This is the LabourAde recipe from my midwives. 



3 parts Nettle
3 parts Raspberry leaf 
2 parts Alfalfa leaf 
1 part Mint 
1/3 cup maple syrup 
1/4 tsp sea salt 
2 Ca/Mg tablets, crushed
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Make a strong infusion from the herbs. 
Strain and heat 4 cups in saucepan.  
Add maple syrup, tablets and salt. Stir until 
Cool to room temp. Add lemon juice. 
Put in freezer for two hours, then remove and stir 
to create a mush. 
Refreeze until you are ready! 
You can also freeze this mixture in ice cube form, or in popsicle molds. 
Raspberry and Nettle are great  sources of calcium, iron, phosphorus,  vitamins A,  C, E &D. They are  well known for promoting optimal  uterine function and preventing hemorrhage. 
Mint is a great energizer as well as a good source of potassium. Nettle & Alfalfa both increase the  available vitamin K  and hemoglobin in the blood: good for mom and baby!  Maple syrup is full of minerals and gives natural energy as well as taste.  The salt, calcium and magnesium, which are essential in effective muscle  contraction, create a  good electrolyte


post #2 of 3
Thread Starter 

So the recipe I used for the lactation cookies was not very tasty, in my opinion - the molasses/brewers yeast combo made them just too bitter (and yes, I made sure to use debittered Brewer's yeast.) 


This being said, this recipe is very healthy, and has lots of great things in them for nursing mamas. And not too much sugar. If you added even more spices than I did, they would taste like gingerbread cookies. 


Anyone have a recipe for Lactation Cookies that they tried and really liked?  It doesn't need to be vegan.  

post #3 of 3

Hmm I came across one at one point but I think it might be the one you shared.  I'll try to look later when I have more time :-)

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