Today I’m sharing a new No-Bake Holiday Lactation Bar Recipe with you along with a few tipps & tricks to take with you wherever you go this busy Holiday Season in hopes of making for a happy baby AND momma!
During the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, mom’s often times are so focused on taking care of everyone else around them, they forget to take care of themselves. And as a new mom to my sweet little Piero, I experienced this first hand over Thanksgiving break last month. We traveled home to Oklahoma with him when he was 4 months old, and the stress of traveling, change in routine, exhaustion, dehydration, etc. etc. added a layer of stress that I didn’t expect. My supply dipped, probably because Alessandro, Piero, and I were all sleeping in the same room, so I wasn’t getting as good of sleep as usual. We were also go-go-go the entire time, so I was solely focused on making sure Piero was okay, and I wasn’t taking care of myself. I needed sleep, water, and if only I had these No-Bake Lactation Bars with me!! I hadn’t needed to use formula yet in my breastfeeding journey, so I didn’t have any with me. Needless to say, we made it through just fine, but it was definitely more stressful than I had anticipated.
A friend of mine recently wrote and illustrated the most adorable book, called Boobies Are For Babies — first of all- cutest name ever! It’s geared towards first time moms and talks about the wild and crazy world of breastfeeding, and let me just tell ya, it really hit home with me. Breastfeeding/pumping is the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced, but also very challenging. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it, so I went in with zero expectations, and I was very pleasantly surprised. *I want to add that I am VERY thankful to be able to nurse my little bubba as I know many people aren’t able to, and no matter if you are or not, you are doing an INCREDIBLE job. This book is a fun a clever way of letting the new mom know THEY ARE NOT ALONE! It’s easy to get in the new-infant-time-warp, and feel tired, alone, & anxious– wondering “am I doing this right?” Hence my exact thoughts the last 5 months.. People make it look so easy, especially in our world of social media, but let me tell you- it’s freaking hard!! Hardest yet most rewarding thing I have ever done.
Today, I am wanted to focus on a few things you can do around the Holiday craziness to not only help you stay sane, but make sure baby AND momma are healthy and happy. 🙂
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Your body is in over-drive trying to produce more milk, and this can’t be done without h2o! One of the most important things that has impacted my supply thus far.
- Rest is key! Again, your body needs all the rest it can get in order to not only nourish itself, but nourish and feed another little human.
- Lactation treats- why wouldn’t you want to enjoy a delicious treat while also enhancing your milk supply? Recipe for a super easy and delicious No-Bake Cashew Oat Lactation Bar below.
- Try to keep your baby on schedule as best as you can. This is a really hard one, especially when you are traveling/on-the-go, however, just make sure to squeeze in a nap or two throughout the day even if they have to snooze in their car seat.
- Avoid over-stimulation. Newborns aren’t used to being swarmed by 50 people all at once, so try to limit passing them around the room for too long. Friends and relatives will understand if you need to cut their time a little short and go put that babe down for a snooze.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help- I always want to do everything myself, but it’s just not possible and totally O.K to ask for help!
- Self-care!! Let me repeat: self-care!! If you aren’t taking care of yourself, how are you supposed to take care of your baby? This is so important and also very difficult. Take a walk around the block, go grab a coffee solo, take 20 minutes to read a good book, take a bath, eat some chocolate, get a blow out– whatever it is to make you feel a little better and a little more human.
YOU GOT THIS MAMA! YOU.DO.YOU!! SENDING YOU SO MUCH LOVE!! XOXO.Print
No-Bake Holiday Lactation Bars
- 2 T coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 c cashew butter
- 1/4 c maple syrup (can sub honey)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 c rolled oats
- 1/3 c ground flaxseed
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 T brewers yeast
For chocolate topping:
- 1/4 c + 1 T dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- festive sprinkles, optional (can also sub Maldon sea salt)
- In a large bowl, melt coconut oil and cashew butter until smooth and creamy. add maple syrup & vanilla, and stir to combine.
- Now fold in oats, flaxseed, protein powder, and brewers yeast; stir to combine. Spread evenly into an 8×4 parchment lined loaf pan.
- Add chocolate and coconut oil into a small microwave safe bowl. heat in 25 second intervals until melted and smooth. Drizzle onto the bars and using a spoon spread to cover completely. Add sprinkles or sea salt.
- Place in the fridge for 45 minutes- 1 hour until set. Cut into bars and enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.