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Milk & Cookie Mini Sessions to benefit the Virtua NICU | Virtua Foundation | New Jersey Mini Session Photos

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Milk & Cookie Mini Sessions to benefit the Virtua NICU | Virtua Foundation | New Jersey Mini Session Photos

Back in 2016, yes that was only a few days ago, but I decided that I wanted to take some time to think about my business, work on the website, blogging, continue my education and spend some quality time with my family. So I decided that I didn't want to work past Dec 4th, after the Santa Mini Sessions, so I could hit my goal. Well of course, I knew I would get bored and since it was close to the holidays, I knew everyone would already have their family photos done for their christmas cards. Instead, I thought about what I could do as a charity event or donate to a charity. Since I am photographing more newborns and children, I wanted to pick a charity that would benefit children. Ronald McDonald House? St. Jude? No, I wanted to do something local to support our local community. Then, I thought about when I had my son and how I had an amazing experience at Virtua in Voorhees. Even though I had a great experience and my son was healthy, I know that is not the case for everyone. So I thought, how can I benefit sick babies with Virtua? Well, that was easy. I decided to focus my charity event to benefit the NICU at Virtua. Not only is the hospital amazing, delivers the most babies in south jersey, but they also have the most advanced technology to support premature and sick newborns.

I got in contact with the marketing director and we talked about the mini session and how it would benefit the NICU. She thought it was an amazing idea!

We raised $500 for the NICU that day and it was soo much fun!!!! Seeing the kids smile and who doesn't love cookies? HAHA

Please enjoy some of our cuties who came to the studio and we capture their chocolate teeth and milk mustaches!!

family sitting and eating cookies
kid climbing through pillows
3 year old laying stomach posing for a photo
blonde boy loves milk and cookies
brother and sister sitting and posing for a photo
hanging out and eating cookies in bed

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Lactation Cookie Recipe | New Jersey Newborn Photos

I know I’m not alone when I say breastfeeding is hard. It’s one of the most amazing things we can do for our babies as moms, but also can be the most exhausting, frustrating, time-consuming, emotional aspect of early motherhood. Throughout my 13 month journey, there wasn't one day that was easy. That is why I wanted to share this recipe with you that helped me with my supply

I’ve always had the desire to breastfeed my baby and before I even gotten pregnant, I had this glorious vision of easily and exclusively breastfeeding them until they were at least a year old. Well, when Christian was born, my visions for how breastfeeding should go were quickly proven wrong. I just didn’t and couldn’t make enough milk. We tried everything…lactation consultants, nursing as often as possible, pumping after and between each feeding, lots of water, lots of rest, Fenugreek, Mother’s Milk tea, increasing my calorie intake by 1000 extra calories on top of the 2000+ I was already eating, and anything else that was recommended. I was willing to try anything and although my supply did increase some, I just couldn’t keep up with his growing demand.

Before my son was born, I would walk through the baby aisle at Wegman's and browse through the hundreds of mommy products. Cookies, butters, creams, wipes. You name it, it was overwhelming. The cookies seemed enticing because now I had a reason to "safely" eat cookies without feeling guilty. When Christian was born, I snatched a few up to see if they tasted good. Some were, some weren't. But I realized how expensive these cookies were and that I wouldn't be able to afford them for long once my maternity leave came to an end. 

So I literally googled, "No Bake Lactation Cookies." I didn't have the desire or want to bake cookies so I wanted to see if there was a no bake version. Just like cheesecake, right? (haha) 

I must say this recipe is absolutely delish! I also plan to make these for when baby number two comes (in the future). 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup ground or milled flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (you can find easily at Whole Foods in the supplements aisle)
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter (I used peanut butter)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or Coconut flakes (I used both)
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until mixture is well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or enjoy right away. Once the bites have set, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

And there ya go! I hope this helped! Please comment below if you have any suggestions or add anything fun!

 

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