Jessie Bakes Lactation Mix/products for nursing mamas!

About Jessie Bakes

Jessie Bakes is the proud home of all things Lactation! A lovely mother of one who breastfed has products from lactation packet mixes to smoothie packages to teethers to cute little booby postcards! There are also recipe ideas on the site ranging from Vegetarian, vegan, kids recipes and breakfast recipes.

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“Mother & one who Breastfed – subsequently creating a number of “lactation aiding” baked goods. This has resulted in the Jessie bakes Lactation Biscuit Mix range, which can be purchased via the Shop section – along with a number of other fabulous products that all set about to aid and enhance your Breast Feeding journey. Looking for a gift for yourself or a newly breastfeeding Mum? You’re in the right place. 

The Jessie Bakes Breast Feeding HQ can guide you to various articles and pieces of evidence that will inform you and support you through your Breast Feeding Journey.” 

Products I have received

So, I’ve received two products on two different occasions – the first being Lactation Biscuit mix original flavour and the second Lactation Biscuit mix chocolate flavour. 

The first packet mix came with instructions on the back in clear, simple detail which I liked (you could also see the mix on the inside too) and the second packet mix came with a teabag from a company called Hot Tea Mama as well as a scratch code for a coupon for 10% off my next order (I imagine the scratch cards will vary per postage and I thought the idea inventive and fun!)

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About Lactation Biscuits

These biscuits/cookies are basically a tasty treat to help increase your breast milk supply as they are all filled with stimulating, healthy ingredients! Below I’ve listed detail on them.

Most new breastfeeding mothers are concerned about their milk supply at one time or another during their lactating months. It can be frustrating sometimes trying to figure out if you are producing enough milk to meet the demands of your growing baby.

Babies nurse at the breast for various reasons – of course the main reason is to be fed! For some babies it is a sense of comfort that they are needing. New mothers often assume that because their baby is wanting to suckle more after feeding at the breast or ‘acts hungry’ must mean that they do not have enough milk.

A lot of the time, mother’s have plenty of milk, the baby truly just has a desire to suck. It could also be that your baby is going through a growth spurt and needs to feed a little more frequently for a few days in order to meet the rapid changes their body is undergoing. Remember your breasts work by supply and demand, the more you stimulate your breasts, the more milk you are going to produce.

Biscuits are a great way to ensure you’re getting those nutrients for yourself and baby.

 

What are the ingredients?

Below I’ve listed the four main ingredients that are meant to encourage breast milk production.

Oats – They are fantastic as they contain:

Proteins, vitamins, and minerals. They are high in iron, zinc, manganese, and calcium. They are an excellent source of soluble fiber. Plus, they contain B vitamins to help increase energy, elevate mood and fight off exhaustion, anxiety, stress, and depression.

Saponins are a substance that may have a positive effect on the hormones related to breast milk production.

Foods that contain plant estrogens are associated with the stimulation of the milk glands and a greater production of breast milk.

Beta-glucan is a type of fiber that’s thought to raise the levels of the breastfeeding hormone prolactin. Higher prolactin levels can have a positive effect on breast milk production.

 

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) – the seeds of this plant are rich in phytoestrogen, a compound that helps your body balance your estrogen levels, which in turn helps regulate prolactin levels for optimal milk production. Fenugreek also enhances perspiration, which triggers your body’s letdown reflex, to release milk. 

The Fenugreek seed has been used to increase milk production since biblical times. The herb contains phytoestrogens, which are plant chemicals similar to the female sex hormone estrogen. A key compound, diosgenin, has been shown experimentally to increase milk flow.

Flaxseed – which contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Not only are these healthy fats good for mom (they may protect against cardiovascular disease, for example), they also give her breast milk a nutritional boost: While omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are necessary for everyone, these concentrations in a mother’s milk are essential for a baby’s developing immune system.

“Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is partially converted into the omega-3-fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in the body. Flaxseed oil increases the ALA content of breastmilk, but does not increase the DHA content. Maternal intake of preformed DHA, primarily derived from seafood or other marine oils, is required to increase breast milk DHA content.

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Brewer’s yeast – Brewer’s Yeast comes from a one-celled fungus as a byproduct of beer making and can be grown as a supplement. It is used as a galactagogue, a herb, medicine or food to increase the supply of milk in mother who nurse their babies.

Brewer’s yeast for milk supply is very popular and termed as ‘Super Food’ due to its highly digestible protein level, minerals, vitamin B, key amino acids and chromium which supports healthy milk supply for breastfeeding mothers. Brewer’s Yeast to increase milk supply is taken regularly by many mothers as it also has an amazing power of increasing the energy levels and elevating mood.

The other benefits are mentioned below:

  • It helps to combat fatigue and rejuvenates a person.
  • It provides nourishment to the skin and hair.
  • It boosts the energy level and makes the person feel energised.
  • It helps in lowering the blood sugar level of the body.
  • It elevates the mood and provides a sense of well – being.
  • It helps to replenish key ingredients that nursing mothers require.

 

Could you have low breast milk supply?

Most breastfeeding women will not need to take any kind of supplement or “booster” to increase their milk supply. Good old Mother Nature has designed our bodies very well so that when your baby feeds more, your body will produce more – this is the very best way to increase your milk supply.

Read this article for more information on what low milk supply is and how to increase your milk supply.

If you have read the article on the signs of low milk supply and you are concerned that your milk supply is actually insufficient, then please do book in to see a lactation consultant or GP ASAP to help you – the quicker you can start to boost your milk supply the better. 

So these biscuits are great to have on hand as a (fairly) healthy snack for new mums anyway. Plus, if they give you more peace of mind about your supply then that is fantastic, because the very act of helping you relax and stop stressing about breastfeeding may help to boost your supply by allowing your hormones to work as nature intended.

 

Lactation Biscuit Mix – Chocolate Flavour

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The bag is 200g dry mix and all I did was add 1/3 cup water and 1/3 coconut oil (which you can get from any supermarket!)

The whole box is meant to be encouraging for nursing mothers to produce more milk (as well as being tasty!)

The contents are recognised as Galactagogues – substances that improve milk supply.

Ingredients are the following:
OAT FLOUR, CHIA SEEDS, FLAX SEEDS, BREWERS YEAST, COCONUT SUGAR, CACAO NIBS, CACAO POWDER AND FENUGREEK. 
TO ADD: COCONUT OIL AND WATER 

Allergens:
THE MIX IS SUITABLE FOR VEGANS. CONTAINS GLUTEN. MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS.
THOSE ALLERGIC TO YEAST SHOULD NOT CONSUME. 

Mix is designed to be used and consumed within 6 months of purchase.

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (when baked)
% Daily Value – The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

  • Servings: 8
  • Amount per serving: Calories 175
  • Total Fat 9.4g 12%
  • Saturated Fat 6.8g 34%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 14mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 22.2g 8%
  • Dietary Fiber 2.5g 9%
  • Total Sugars 13.6g
  • Protein 2.3g
  • Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
  • Calcium 18mg 1%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Potassium 53mg 1%

Lactation Biscuit Mix – Original Flavour

The dry mix is also 200g and all I did was add 1/3 cup water and 1/3 coconut oil.

Ingredients are the following:
OAT FLOUR, CHIA SEEDS, FLAX SEEDS, BREWERS YEAST, COCONUT SUGAR, CACAO NIBS, CACAO POWDER & FENUGREEK.
TO ADD: COCONUT OIL & WATER 

Allergens:
THE MIX IS SUITABLE FOR VEGANS. CONTAINS GLUTEN. MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS. THOSE ALLERGIC TO YEAST SHOULD NOT CONSUME. 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (when baked)
% Daily Value – The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Servings: 8

  • Amount per serving: Calories 175
  • Total Fat 9.4g 12%
  • Saturated Fat 6.8g 34%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 14mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 22.2g 8%
  • Dietary Fiber 2.5g 9%
  • Total Sugars 13.6g
  • Protein 2.3g
  • Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
  • Calcium 18mg 1%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Potassium 53mg 1%

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What is galactagogue?

Galactagogue (from the Greek “galacta” which means milk) is a food, herb or drug that increases the production of breast milk. 

Click here for 23 foods that increase breast milk.

 

Hot Tea Mama Tea Bag

The Hot Tea Mama ‘Milks up’ breastfeeding tea is a ‘carefully crafted’ caffeine free herbal blend, jam packed with botanicals that have been used to increase milk supply for millennia. The bag is also biodegradable. As each bag contains whole leaves, flowers and fruit pieces, don’t throw it away after one brew.  Add water to each bag at least twice to get the most out of the botanicals – which is what I did!

Ingredients of the tea bag are: 

  • Rosemary
  • Fennel seeds
  • Anise
  • Lemon verbena
  • Nettle leaf
  • Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek gives this blend a wonderful balance of sweet and bitter notes, with it’s aroma of dark, almost burnt caramel.

Fennel, Anise and Lemon Verbena add to it’s sweetness, with rosemary and nettle giving it a warming, earthy note.

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How to Start Using Breastfeeding Tea

When you start a new herb or tea, it is always best to begin by taking a small amount and gradually increasing it over a few days. A slower, gradual start can help to prevent or minimize the risk of side effects. Dosages vary depending on the person. A small amount may work very well for some women while very high doses will not work at all for others.

Combining herbs that increase breast milk production with herbs that support relaxation and others that provide a pleasant flavor can create a tasty, soothing blend.

Fennel – this leafy vegetable in the carrot family has long been considered a galactogogue, and some studies have shown a small relationship to better breastfeeding. Fennel is often found in teas and other supplements for breastfeeding moms, but it’s also totally appropriate to cook up by itself. Find it at your speciality grocery shop.

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) – also known as common nettle, is a dark, leafy green plant that is high in iron and considered to be very nutritious. For generations, women have used this herb after childbirth to treat anemia and as a ​galactagogue to help make more breast milk. It is also taken to treat prostate problems, urinary issues, gout, allergies, and hay fever.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) – an annual herb with yellow flowers and seed-containing pods that are native to Asia and the Mediterranean. The seeds have been used throughout history for cooking, flavoring, and healing. Fenugreek is thought to boost the production of breast milk due to an effect on the stimulation of sweat production, and mammary glands are sweat glands that have been modified by hormonal stimulation.

Click here to purchase a full pack of 15 from the Jessie Bakes site.

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Aside from being super tasty I have found they do help increase my supply a little bit whether it’s because of eating them, drinking more or a placebo effect so I can’t give a scientific measure.

I do believe that the key ingredients (oats, brewers yeast, coconut oil, flax) work. Also, this is why I think they are so great – in those first few weeks, I was so tired and eating poorly due to two other kids to care for too and having something quick to grab, like something even quicker than a banana and almond butter, was imperative while in survival mode. Especially in the middle of the night.

If lactating mamas require an extra boost to the supply of milk in their breasts, a lot of remedies like lactation biscuits, herbal supplements and lactation teas show as highly recommended items and why not give it a try because even if it doesn’t work for you then you’re still having a healthy diet plus all the extra vits!

In general, it’s important to eat a healthy diet while nursing, not only so your baby gets good nutrition but to ensure your own body is operating at a healthy level, too. This includes eating a variety of whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, and more.

I love the fact oats are involved in the biscuits (as mentioned above) as they contain a high concentration of saponins, an immune-stimulating compound that may help increase levels of prolactin, a key hormone for milk production. Oats are also packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, making them a healthy choice regardless of whether or not you’re nursing – also a win win!

The texture – these are thick biscuits, not cake-y at all, slightly crunchy but not in a bad or stale way as they are crunchy from the crazy amount of rolled oats inside.

Both packet mixes cost £5.99, made to order and contain gluten -UK shipping only.

I also love the look of the site and that there’s more to purchase other than packet mixes as there are now available teethers, tea and reusable breast pads so it’s booby positive!  There is also a recipe section!

Please note I was sent these to try and I wasn’t required to do a blog post, all opinions are my own.

 

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