Milk supply can be a struggle for some new moms, but don't worry, Lake Country Doulas has you covered with a delicious way to increase supply while enjoying freshly baked cookies! Sounds too good to be true, we know!
These lactation cookies are chalk full of ingredients that will help give your supply a boost (like flax seed, oats and brewers yeast!), as well as give you some much needed energy to face the day with your baby. And with healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, oats, natural peanut butter and apple sauce, you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in these yummy treats! Pair with a cup of your favourite nursing tea, and you've got a nutritious breakfast on the go.
Try it out and let us know what you think!
Pro tip: not into baking? Did you know your postpartum doula will gladly make you all the lactation cookies you'd like while you take time to nurse, rest and recover? For more information about hiring a postpartum doula, serving Orillia, Barrie, Newmarket and Muskoka, click here!
Lake Country Lactation Cookies
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup ground flax
3-4 tbsp brewers yeast
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar (cut in half to reduce sugar, if desired)
2 tsp vanilla
2 cup chocolate chips or raisins (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in bowl.
3. In a different bowl, beat peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, brewers yeast, flax, apple sauce, eggs and water.
4. Gradually beat in flour mixture to wet mixture.
5. Mix in chocolate chips. Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.
6. Make 1 inch balls with batter and press down on greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 12-14 min.
8. Let cool and ENJOY!
These cookies freeze really well, so pop some in the freezer if you'd like!
Summertime in Orillia, Barrie and Muskoka is always busy with tons of fun family events to enjoy! To ensure you’re aware of all the exciting things taking place in our region this summer, Lake Country Doulas has put together a helpful list of events for your reference.
Every Saturday - The Orillia Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday at the Orillia Public Library. The Market is a perfect spot to purchase locally made goods and foods, including farm fresh produce, gift items and more! Lake Country Doulas plans to host a booth at the Market sometime this summer, so stay tuned for more details about that in the weeks to come! For more information about the Orillia Farmers’ Market, click here.
Here in Orillia we are fortunate to have two farmers markets on Saturday mornings! Our families often make a morning of it and check out both. The other Saturday market is located at ODAS Park. More information about that market can be found here.
Saturday, June 10 and 17 - Lake Country Doulas will be hosting our Dive Deep Into Birth childbirth class. This class is perfect for couples considering a natural childbirth, and costs $150 for the weekend. For more information on this class, click here.
Friday, June 9 - Saturday, June 10 - Spring Boat, Cottage and Outdoors Show is an exciting festival for every outdoor enthusiast! Taking place at the Port of Orillia, this is a show you won’t want to miss!
Saturday, June 24 - A tribute to the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas in June! Boats decorated in Christmas gear? Sign us up!
Saturday, June 24- Canada and Orillia's 150th Birthday Celebration at ODAS Park! This FREE event is from 11am-3pm and will involve children's activities, a free BBQ, free roller skating and more!
Saturday, July 1 - Happy 150th birthday, Canada! Enjoy live entertainment, free cake and parade at the Orillia Canada Day Celebration!
Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16 - 40th Annual Orillia Scottish Festival is a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. Enjoy a parade through downtown, pipe and drum competition, live entertainment, vendors and more! Taking place at Couchiching Park.
Saturday, July 29 - A street festival like no other featuring food food, shopping, live music and more at Downtown Orillia’s Summer Block Party!
Friday, August 4 - Monday, August 7 - Celebrate the long weekend by taking the kids to Rotary-Lions Annual Funfest featuring midway, games and vendors!
Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13 - Orillia’s Waterfront Festival has lots to see and do, including an in-water boat show and lots of great shopping. Taking place at Couchiching Park.
Saturday, August 19 - The Annual Classic Car Show is a great event for car lovers of all ages, with over 400 classic cars on display!
Friday, August 25 - Sunday, August 27 - The 3rd Annual Orillia Rib Fest has a lot to offer: live music, great shopping and, of course, some of the world's most delicious ribs. (Oh, and try “The Blooming Onion”, you’ll be glad you did!)
For more information on any of these events, click here.
Sunday, June 25 - Kids Fishing Day is hosted by Kempenfelt Rotary Club and is a day devoted to teaching kids to fish! It's free and lots of fun, so be sure to check it out!
Wednesday, June 28- In Celebration of Canada 150, there will be a FREE Air Show featuring the Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet over Kempenfelt Bay. Canadian Forces Base Borden will be set up all day in Heritage Park with displays and a kiddie commando course. The air show will take place at approximately 6pm.
Sunday, July 1 - Canada Day festivities taking place at Barrie's waterfront!
Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7 - Kempenfest is a Barrie long weekend tradition and features something for everyone, with over 300 artisans, an antique show, food vendors, midway, children's activities, and an amazing line-up of live entertainment.
For more information on these exciting events, click here.
One of our favourite farmers markets is located in Gravenhurst every Wednesday from 9am to 2pm down at the Wharf.
Sunday, July 1 - Canada Day celebrations are taking place all around Muskoka. To check out the celebration taking place in your city, click here.
Saturday, July 22 - Santa Fest is coming to Bracebridge! A celebration of Christmas taking place in July, enjoy a Santa Claus parade, food vendors, entertainment and, of course, photos with Old Saint Nick himself!
Saturday, August 5 - The Urban Slide is coming to Huntsville! Register ahead of time by clicking here and ride this amazing 1000 foot Slip N' Slide down main street Huntsville!
Something to enjoy anywhere is the 2017 Parks Canada Discover Pass! To celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday you can enjoy free admission to national parks and historic sites across the country. To get your pass visit the government site here.
Any other exciting family events and festivals happening this summer? Let us know in the comments so we can add them to our list!
Placenta encapsulation has been around for thousands of years but has really gained in popularity just over the last few years. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Katherine Heigl, and Alicia Silverstone have helped bring awareness to the practice and make it more mainstream.
At Lake Country Doulas we serve clients from Muskoka down to Toronto and everywhere in between such as Orillia, Barrie, Collingwood, Alliston, and Newmarket. Many expectant parents are curious about the benefits but don’t know all the details as to how the process works! Here are some of the most common questions that our clients ask us.
1. What is your training to be able to encapsulate placentas?
Both of our certified doulas, Samantha and Alannah, received their professional training through IPPA (Formerly Full Circle Placenta). IPPA is one of the largest, most trusted placenta encapsulation training organizations in North America.
2. What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?
Some of the benefits reported by our clients include:
3. What are the risks?
The main risk would come from improper handling of the placenta prior to, or during the encapsulation process. This is an important reason to choose a properly trained, experienced encapsulation specialist. Some reported negative side effects include jittery feeling (like you consumed too much caffeine), sleeplessness, and possibly oversupply of milk. These potential side effects are rare. If you have any questions about these, please talk to your placenta specialist!
4. What is the difference between the raw and TCM inspired (steamed) methods of encapsulation?
The raw method is taking the placenta and slicing and dehydrating it from its raw state. In the TCM/steamed method we first lightly steam the placenta. We are often asked which method is better. If the client does not have a preference, we recommend the raw method as it preserves the most amount of the hormones/nutrients of the placenta as well as yields the most amount of capsules.
5. How do you sanitize your equipment?
All of our equipment is sanitized twice (once before and after each client) using a bleach/water solution. Much of our materials is single-use and thrown away after each client- such as cutting boards, sponges, paper dehdrator tray covers, etc.
6. Do I have to handle the placenta?
You do not personally have to do anything physically with your placenta! Your midwife or nurse will take care of placing it in a bag and in the cooler for you.
7. If I have medications administered during birth (antibiotics, pain medication, a cesarean, etc) can I still encapsulate my placenta?
Yes absolutely. All the medications used in birth are safe for encapsulation. If you were to have a cesarean birth you can still have your placenta encapsulated. It may be even more beneficial due to the often more difficult recovery from surgery.
8. How do I get it to you? When will I get my capsules back?
We come the day you give birth to pick up the placenta. We come wherever you gave birth whether you are at home or one of the many hospitals we service. We strive to have your capsules back to you the next day. If there is going to be a delay (due to other clients or prior obligations) we will let you know when we pick it up.
9. How many capsules does it make? And how many do I take?
The amount of capsules varies depending on the size of the placenta. The average is anywhere from 125-175 (sometimes 200+!) capsules. You take the highest dosage in your early postpartum, our recommendation is generally 2-3 capsules, 2-3 times a day. After the first 10-14 days you may taper down the dosage to where you are only taking 1-2 per day or just as needed. We only provide guidelines and encourage you to take them based on your own postpartum feelings and needs.
10. How much does it cost? What other placenta services do you provide?
Beyond basic encapsulation, we provide tinctures, smoothies, salves, placenta prints, and more! For a full list of services and our current prices- please visit the fees page of our website.
To inquire about booking services, please see our Contact page. We look forwarding to working with you in achieving a better postpartum!
Mother's Day is right around the corner. And if you are like me (or my husband!) you probably procrastinate on getting gifts for most occasions. Not to worry! This year we have lots of ideas perfect for families with little ones! These ideas aren't too challenging and won't break the bank, but will have the sweet mom in your life saying "awwww".
First let's talk about the DIY projects. Moms of young children love getting homemade presents. I am particularly fond of ones involving the little kids hands and feet. Those sweet little toes are only that size once, so creating a keepsake for mom is priceless. This is also a way to involve even the tiniest, newest members of your family. So even if you are a new family with only a baby please still do something for Mother's Day! Even though your baby will have no idea what is going on, Mom definitely will appreciate the thought and time you put in.
To save on cost check out the dollar stores! You can buy paint, canvases and most other basic crafting supplies for a fraction of the cost of the craft store.
Here are some wonderful craft ideas. All pictures link to the original tutorials:
This sign would also look great on a canvas!
This mom used a rainbow stamp pad. If you don't have one you can just paint your baby's feet whatever colours you would like!
I found this photo on Pinterest. You can use hands or feet like shown, or with older toddlers and kids you can just let them decorate it however they want. Small flowers for planting are readily available this time of year at many grocery stores, Walmart, or local garden centres.
Here is a fabulous idea if you have older kids that can be trusted with glass. Help them paint a wine glass and buy Mom a bottle of her favourite wine to go with it!
If painting isn't your thing, here are some other ideas Mom will love:
Just remember this day is all about making sure Mom feels loved and appreciated for all she does while letting her just enjoy a day of the "fun" parts of being a mom (you'll get your day next month!). Allow her to rest and get in some kid snuggles by helping a little extra around the house, crossing off a couple items on the "honey-do" list, and skipping going to your buddy's house to watch the hockey game. I promise you will totally make her day!