Cookie Dough Bites & Six Week Post-Partum Thoughts
Currently, Bradley and I are six weeks post delivery! Wahoo! That means momma has been cleared to exercise. While this is super exciting, it is also a time when a lot of mommas can over-do it and go backwards in terms of recovery…and breastfeeding. Overtraining is a surefire way to halt milk production. It can be super tempting to jump right into an aggressive program to lose baby weight. We have to remember higher body fat is necessary for for milk production. You can see more on pregnancy weight gain here. This isn’t a deal breaker for a good nutrition plan and exercise, however. It just means we have to go about it the right way and not over-do it.
For no other reason than simply knowing, I started using MyFitnessPal at four weeks post-partum. I averaged around 2200 calories a day. I’m down 17 pounds from delivery and still holding on to about ten pounds. With my first son I was at pre-pregnancy weight at the three month mark, but looked completely different! It was clear I had gained some awesome muscle with pregnancy. I suspect the same thing this time. I started this pregnancy 15 pounds higher than Georgie and gave birth at the same weight I did with him as well. So, I gained less this time, but looked so much more “fit”! At six weeks, I’m wanting to cut calories a tad because I did gain some excess pounds but I don’t want to hurt my milk supply. This is where Brewer’s yeast comes in. Some health experts have said using brewer’s yeast can increase milk supply (article linked below). I used it in cookies and breads with Georgie, my first son, and remember it helped. I ordered some from Amazon and got to pinteresting. I found a recipe for these cookie dough bites and it looked super easy. I made a few swaps and additions and LOVE them. I was also laughably shocked at how much milk I had in my first feeding/pump session about two hours after two bites. Normally, I was getting around two ounces on each side, maybe one, if he just ate off the same side. I got SEVEN ounces. Moms out there, you KNOW how exciting that is.
I started this Monday with 1800 calories/day. It’s not a complete drop that I would normally do for weight loss but I’m also adding in a few workouts each week. I’ll see how this week finishes out and go from there. I haven’t noticed a drop in supply but I’ve also been starting my morning with one of these each day. Usually around one-to-two hours after I see a boost in supply and take advantage and pump.
You’re not nursing? I hope you’re still reading! Make these without the brewer’s yeast! Try it with 2 scoops collagen instead. Your mix will be less dry and probably a little easier to form the balls.
Here is a link to the Brewer’s Yeast I used:
1/3 cup rolled oatmeal
1/3 cup almond flour/meal
1/3 cup brewer’s yeast (omit if not breastfeeding)
1.5 scoop collagen powder
1 cup nut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp honey
Sea salt to taste
1/3 cup 50% less sugar cranberries
Espresso powder and *3-4 tsp dark cocoa optional
Place all ingredients, except espresso powder, in stand mixer and blend. Consistency may be dry and crumbly. Squeeze roughly a tablespoon of mix together to form a ball and smooth it out by gently pressing together. If you’re using espresso powder, sprinkle on top. Store in freezer. *I added dark cocoa in 1/2 of my batch just to see how it tasted; I liked it so included above as an option!
Makes ~30 bites
70 calories each
Macros: 5C, 3P, 5F
*Please note I'm not writing this to emphasize or encourage postnatal WEIGHT LOSS. Every momma's journey is different and we're all in different places, mentally and physically. I had a beautiful delivery, with no complications, and have an amazing support system at home. I am taking twelve weeks off my full time job to enjoy my son and his big brother. Some days the anxiety is worse, others it is non-existent. My first son's arrival was coupled with other life changes and I did recruit the help of anxiety medication to cope with post-partum depression and what I was experiencing at the time. I will say, last time I did fight seeking medical/clinical help. In hindsight, I wish I hadn't. Zoloft and counseling was the best thing I ever did for myself. I was able to ween off my complete dose before planning this pregnancy and I have stayed off for the time being. I am using daily Bible devotionals, prayer and yoga/meditation to control my anxiety this time. My husband and family are also awesome and I do more than my fair share of self expression. As a reminder, we all experience pregnancy and childbirth differently and please don't withhold how you are feeling from your provider.
Brewer's Yeast for Production: https://www.momjunction.com/articles/brewers-yeast-when-breastfeeding_00456918/
Recipe adapted from https://realfoodrn.com/lactation-cookie-dough-bites/
Please Note: Nutritional information estimated at myfitnesspal.com. Data may not be accurate and is subject to the availability of specific foods in their database. Where one ingredient is not listed, substitutions must be used. Therefore, you should not refer to this data as being exact. It’s more of a ballpark figure. Kendraleighstiffler.com does not take responsibility for the inadequacies of the nutrition calculator used. This data is provided as a courtesy and general reference only. It is not exact.