I’ve been thinking a lot about breastfeeding as I near the end of my pregnancy. I nursed my son for a year and I hope to do the same with this child. However, it’s been a while and there’s a lot I’ve forgotten about the process and I’m trying to refresh my memory. One of the things I’ve been wracking my brain to remember is all the stuff I was told to eat to increase supply. Oatmeal? Real maple syrup? Or the fake stuff for the fenugreek? Beer? I know I’ve heard all of those things but now I can’t recall which is an old wives tale and which really works.
Lucky for me, some other moms not only remember what foods help boost breastmilk supply but they put those foods into cookies and sell them! Cookies! Breastmilk-making cookies! This is one of the most genius ideas ever!
According to the Charlotte Observer, Roanoke, VA resident Lydia Lennox McNeary-Keyes and her business partner Cheri found that producing enough milk to pump at work was difficult so the two came up with the idea of a breastfeeding cookie that incorporates a number of known supply-boosters. She says it took over 20 tries to get the formula right but now they have a cookie that’s tasty and effective and all natural.
According to McNeary-Keyes:
We tried to make the cookies as healthy as we could, so they’re really a great snack even if you don’t need to boost breastmilk supply. (My husband and son eat them all the time.) They’re also great for pregnant moms because they have lots of fiber. Not all moms struggle with lack of breastmilk—some moms have an overabundance.
Breastfeeding more often (or pumping, if nursing isn’t an option) is the best way to increase breastmilk supply. If a mom is still struggling, then I’d recommend trying cookies. Most moms notice a difference after one or two cookies—usually one cookie a day is enough to see an increase.
Right now, the cookies are only available online at the Milkin’Cookies website. I may need to order some before my new baby comes!
Photo credit: Milkin’ Cookies
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