Sponsor Spotlight for Milkin’ Cookies in the “Mother Knows Breast” Giveaway Package
I am happy to bring you our first Sponsor Spotlight in the Mother Knows Breast Event! This is one of my favorite cookies these days and it is from Milkin’ Cookies!
Whether you are exclusively pumping, at the breast only or a combination of both, this is for you! One thing a nursing mom always worries about is her milk supply. Do I have enough? Will I lose my supply when I return to work? What if baby isn’t gaining enough weight? These are questions that we ask ourselves as new moms whether we have one kid or five.
Milkin’ Cookies are a great way to give your supply a boost! Milkin’ Cookies contain galactagogues which is anything that can help bring about the production of or an increase in breastmilk. You can find galactagogues in many every day foods like oatmeal, brown rice and garlic! Of course, they are not as tasty as these cookies! Actions such as nursing, pumping and breast stimulation are also considered a galactagogue.
Because it is IMPOSSIBLE to eat a cookie without a child wanting one, they made them completely safe for your kids to nibble on too. There are no weird ingredients or medications. Of course, you could still hide and eat them in peace like I do. You can find the nutrition facts as well as calorie information HERE. Even better, they contain NO PRESERVATIVES!
Milkin’ Cookies come individually wrapped. There are currently 3 varieties to choose from: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal, Cranberry Almond Oatmeal and the Dairy Free Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies!
So how do they taste?
They taste fantastic! I love oatmeal cookies but often they contain raisins which I don’t care for. These are oatmeal cookies that have yummy chocolate chips or cranberries and almonds! Perfect for me. And if you have an issue with dairy, they now offer a dairy free version. To be quite honest I think the dairy free is tastier than the original. It is almost as if there is extra cinnamon or something. Not only do I love them but I have to bargain with my kids to keep them from eating them!
The Milkin’ Cookies are soft and moist. I like to freeze mine then take them out to thaw for about an hour. They are made in small batches and delivered fresh so if you don’t plan to eat them within 2 weeks you should freeze them.
Do they work?
I received my cookies right as I was starting back to work. Monday through Friday I work 4 hour shifts at night with no lunch break. If I am able to get a break it is only for 10-15 minutes. I know there are laws requiring pump breaks but fighting that in a retail establishment is a topic for another post. We decided that I would not pump during these shifts. While I am gone the Little Man eats about 7-8 ounces of pumped breastmilk. This terrified me the first week! I didn’t think I could keep up. He is asleep when I get home so that is when I pump. At first I was only getting about 6 ounces total. After a week of eating one Milkin’ Cookies cookie I was up to sometimes 9 ounces!
I would say that they definitely helped!! I don’t think one cookie would be enough to establish re-lactation or miraculously build a stockpile. If you are looking for a boost this is perfect!
What else can I do to increase my supply?
In addition to eating Milkin’ Cookies you could add the following foods to your diet:
- Oatmeal for breakfast
- Alfalfa in your salad
- Fennel as a seasoning
- Leafy Green Veggies
- A whole lot of water!
Besides things to eat you should also pump or nurse frequently to keep the signal to produce milk active in your brain!
Things to avoid that could decrease your supply:
- Some prescription medications (talk to your doctor)
- Fatigue (I know it’s hard but getting enough rest will also aid in milk production)
- Caffeine (small amounts are OK, larger amounts can cause dehydration, a contributor to low supply, as well as an irritable baby)
- Smoking (this is obvious but smoking affects the letdown reflex! Studies show that breastmilk from a smoker is STILL BETTER than formula)
- Some herbs: sage, parsley, oregano, peppermint, jasmine and yarrow in large amounts have a negative impact on milk supply (source)
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Milkin’ Cookies is providing a 2 week supply of cookies to our winner as part of our amazing package in the “Mother Knows Breast” giveaway! This giveaway will start April 29th! Make sure to sign up for email (on the right side) so you can get updates on the other sponsors and so you can enter to win!!