I love Seattle. I'm proud to say that I'm a born and raised Seattleite (well, Seattle-adjacent.) I love our trees, ferries, rippling streams, and coffee shops. But what I'm most proud of is our fabulous small businesses. When I heard that Milk Bakery (a new online bakery) was opening in Seattle and offering lactation cookies and granola bars, I immediately contacted them to see if we could collaborate.
Milk Bakery believes in "Judgement Free Breastfeeding." I really love this because I was caught off guard how many people commented on how I fed my oldest and wanted to know how long I'd keep breastfeeding. They make cookies for breastfeeding moms, formula feeding moms and all moms in between. I especially love this because I remember how hard it was to eat anything with I had my oldest son. I was just so busy and overwhelmed and by the time I would have a few moments of quiet, the last thing I wanted to do was make myself something to eat. So I just didn't eat. This time around, I'm making it a priority to eat.
I've always been intrigued by lactation cookies. I've tried Mother's Milk Tea in the past, which has helped my supply. So many Mom friends swear by lactation cookies. Others say they didn't help their milk supply. I love that Milk Bakery says on their website: "If our delicious cookies and granola bars help you produce milk, great. If they don’t, eat them anyway because you deserve a treat." This is a statement I can get behind!
Kate, the owner, was kind enough to drop the cookies off at my husband's work so I could try them out. My husband had just left for lunch, so he had his co-worker pick them up. She also is a nursing Mom, so I told her to have the first taste. Her first impressions were that they were super crunchy, which surprised her. She was eating them at her desk and it was getting a bit messy. She popped one in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it and they became a lot chewier. She suggested pairing it with Mother's Milk Tea for a nice tea and cookie treat. I got a text from her later that evening and she definitely noticed a difference in her milk supply, which surprised her because she's been nursing for quite awhile.
I decided to try my first Milk Bakery cookie for breakfast with my coffee. I tried to Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. I popped it i the microwave for 12 seconds and it was nice and warm and chewy. I loved the flavor! The oatmeal definitely came through and it tasted more substantial than other cookies.
Then about an hour later, I tried the Coconut Oatmeal for my second breakfast. I was surprised just how much the coconut flavor came through! I'm a Hawaiian-cookie addict (just ask my husband) and this rates right up there with some of my favorites!
About an hour after my second cookie, I noticed some tingling after I fed my son. When I fed him a few hours later, I definitely felt fuller than usual. That evening, I was able to pump 4.5 oz. I pump every few weeks so I was happy to get that much. However, my son was going through a "leap" and was nursing more frequently, which might have led to me producing more milk.
I did not try the Double Chocolate Chip, but I was really glad to know she offers a vegan cookie. Not because I'm vegan (I'm not), but because I know a lot of breastfeeding Moms who have to eat a strict diet because their baby has allergies. Sometimes those Moms end up going straight to formula because it's hard to maintain a strict diet. Vegan options are great for Moms who'd like the option to continue breastfeeding.
The cookies were so tasty that it was really hard for me to limit myself to just 2 a day. But, I wanted them to last a bit longer. I was able to pump 4.5oz-5oz of milk once per day every day I had the cookies. Usually when I pump, my son cries likes he's not getting enough milk for the next 2 feedings. However, the days I ate the cookies, he seemed happy and full after each feeding. I can't say for sure that it was the cookies.
The 2 bags of cookies lasted me a week (eating 2 cookies per day.) I made a point of sitting down and enjoying my cookies with my coffee each morning. Regardless of whether or not it helped my milk supply, it was really nice to set aside something that was just for me each day. It was the little bit of self-care that I needed to survive the craziness of raising a baby and a preschooler.
If you'd like to try Milk Bakery, head to their Etsy Store to purchase their cookies.
Milk Bakery sent me their lactation cookies for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I'm a mom to a 3-year-old and a baby. We believe in traveling as a family as soon as possible and sharing our tips and tricks with other families!