Is the “pump and dump” pointless?

The short answer: yes. The pump and dump is more for mom’s peace of mind and pumping and dumping that sweet liquid gold does not speed up the elimination of alcohol from the body. Does that mean that you favorite vino is a no-no while breastfeeding?

Don’t throw in the sober towel quite yet; reasonable intake of alcohol is A-okay. But the term “reasonable” is not relative to each individual. WFullSizeRenderhile you may have been the beer-pong champ in college, reasonable intake with a breastfeeding baby takes on a whole new meaning. Because alcohol can affect both the baby and/or your supply when consumed in large amounts, it should be restricted to 1 – 2 drinks.

In “Myths About Breastfeeding” Dr. Hale states, “Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all. As is the case with most drugs, very little alcohol comes out in the milk. The mother can take some alcohol and continue breastfeeding as she normally does. Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.”

And let’s face it, some days we really need those two glasses of “mommy’s juice”.

For more answers on alcohol while breastfeeding, check out these guidelines by the International La Leche League.

 

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For the boob, not from the boob.

Since starting my mom-targeted business, I have had several people ask my if my cookies are made from breastmilk! While I have no doubt that someone, somewhere has tried this, my cookies are not those. One Bad Motherbaker’s Lactation Cookies are made to encourage lactation in nursing mothers. They will not defy the laws of nature and cause men or children or non-nursing mothers to start lactating; trust me when I say my husband has tested this theory time and time again. These cookies are great, however, for a vitamin boost in anyone’s diet.

These cookies have three magic ingredients that encourage milk production in nursing women.

  1. Brewer’s Yeast – To be quite honest, this ingredient has a very off-putting taste and smell, and the cookie is the tasty cloak it hides under. This yeast, while also used to make beer, is rich in folic acid, B12 and B2, and protein. Selenium and chromium, which are an essential part of a nursing momma’s diet, are also contained within this magic dust. The vitamins and minerals in Brewer’s yeast are also thought to aide in fighting off both fatigue and the baby blues. Nursing or not, Brewer’s yeast is a great source of protein and B vitamins!
  2. Whole Oats – Are known to aide in warding off inflammation, nourish the cardiovascular system, stabilize blood sugar and provide a good source of fiber.
  3. Flaxseed – This ingredient is a rush of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (a.k.a. the good fats) which are good for heart and digestive health.

Making these ingredients part of your diet is essential, nursing or not. I am no longer nursing, but I still make these cookies for my kids so that these vitamins, minerals and good fats can still be a part of their diet.

If you are nursing, and do not need the aid of a galactagogue, it is still important to get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals into your diet. These cookies, combined with your prenatals and drinking plenty of H2O can help you maintain your milk supply and the nutrients that are being passed along to your baby.

The ingredients above can also be blended into a smoothie if you are looking for a less sugary, healthier option. You can find some great mixing recipes on my blog!

And so it motherbaking begins…

I made my first dolla’ dolla bill ya’ll!

When people make their first dollar in a business, they usually frame it and stick that bad boy up on the wall with pride! It shows the hard work and planning that went into making their business a real thing. Since I am not brick and mortar, I have decided to take a picture of my first money made! And since it’s a $20.00 it will not be sitting in frame getting dusty, it will be going back into my Motherbaking business.

Full disclosure, I was never supposed to get paid. I am still at the focus group level and don’t expect to be up and running for another three or four weeks. Still, I am proud and also grateful for giving people, like my teacher friend Erica (I call all my old co-workers teacher-friends, because they are they only friends who can relate to that kind of work stress), who gave me a lovely card and paid me for my lactation samples.

I have no idea where this business will take me. I don’t want to be rich, but I do want to make a difference, and so that is my expectation of myself. I am excited for some of the items, not just baked goods, I am preparing for all you mom’s out there. In addition, each month ten percent of my proceeds will go to a charity of my choice in Lakeland. Month zero will be NLC Family Preservation Center of Lakeland.

And so, my motherbaking adventure begins!

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Lactation Situation?

So after becoming a mother, and then becoming a mother trying to nurse with a low milk supply, I turned to anything that would help. And then I found cookies! Cookies should be the answer to every problem right? Since then I have been on a mission to find a way to hide the healthy benefits of Brewer’s Yeast, Flax and Whole Oats (the healthy trifecta). On their own they can be quite unappetizing, but hide those within a the right mix of ingredients and you get a beneficial snack.

These ingredients are used in many lactation recipes, but they can really be eaten at any time. My husband devoured them. After eating about five of them he asked “So does this mean I am going to lactate?”

No, these will not defy the laws of nature and cause men, children or non-nursing women to start developing a milk supply. They contain healthy vitamins and minerals not found in large quantities in everyday foods.

Brewer’s yeast, while filled with incredible nutrients like selenium, potassium, magnesium and folate, can taste pretty nasty on its own. Baking it into the cookies is a great way to hide that taste under sweetness, while also filling your body with these vitamins and minerals.

Flaxseed gives your body the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (good fat, yes! there is such a thing!). Whole oats have been praised for decades on their benefits, from a healthy cardiovascular system, stabilizing blood sugars, and providing a good source of fiber.

Though these ingredients do encourage milk supply in nursing women by supplying the nutrients they need, they can also be a great addition to anyone’s diet.

Check out One Bad Motherbaker’s new production below! These are on a trial run in my focus group right now and should be available in my shop soon.