As a breastfeeding mom, I’m burning through an extra 500 or so calories a day. My little guy loves to eat and is a growing boy, I feel like I’m feeding every hour. Sometimes I think I should just sit at home all day with my boobs out and ready. At night, he goes longer between feedings and I have adequate supply; but during the day, I often feel like I’m barely keeping up with him. I recently discovered Milkin’ Cookies, lactation cookies. The cookies are made for moms, by moms who happen to be doctors!
Certain foods are known galactagogues. Galactagogue comes from the Greek work galactos which means “milk” and agogue which means “bringer of”. Galactagogues are foods and herbs that support breastfeeding. Certain foods like oatmeal, brewer’s yeast and flax are supposedly good for breastfeeding moms. Herbs such as fennel, fenugreek and blessed thistle can also increase breast milk production. Milkin’ Cookies are made from real wholesome foods and rely upon oatmeal, brewer’s yeast and flax to support breastfeeding. If you are cautious of taking herbs, there are none in these delicious treats.
Milkin’ Cookies come individually wrapped and in 3 different flavors, cranberry almond oatmeal, dairy free cranberry almond oatmeal, and oatmeal chocolate chip. They are preservative free so you need to eat them within two weeks or freeze them. I’ve tried the oatmeal cranberry and chocolate chip and they are DELICIOUS! My husband really liked them as well (it’s ok for men and kids to eat these too!) and I am starting to see a difference in my milk supply. The cookies are only 210 calories, high in fiber and fairly low in sugar. As nursing moms, we definitely don’t need to worry too much about calories as long as we are getting the right kind of calories.
I like to take the cookies on the go with me or have one mid afternoon or after dinner with a cup of mother’s milk tea. I always feel satisfied with just one cookie a day and I really like the portion control individually wrapped treats. If you are a nursing mom or just a cookie lover (and who isn’t?!), you can enter to win a 14 day supply of the freshly baked cookies as well as a Milkin’ Cookies tee shirt delivered to your door. Let me know if you are having troubles with your milk supply or have heard of the benefits of wholesome ingredients like the ones used in the cookies and would love to try them out. Enter comments below and let me know on twitter or Facebook as well. Make sure to check out Milkin’ Cookies site and follow and like them too!
A winner will be picked at the end of the week, GOOD LUCK!
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!