I am particularly excited to share this review with you on International Women’s Day! It is so important that as women, we encourage and empower other women who we are connected to. So when Katie, the founder of ‘Boobbix’ contacted me about her brilliant breastfeeding cookies, I was excited to be able to support her!
The lovely Katie bakes ‘lactation cookies’ for breastfeeding mums. Her cookies are a tasty way of helping to maintain or increase milk supply for nursing mums and are also safe for the whole family to enjoy! The idea behind Boobbix came when Katie’s daughter was 10 months old. This is her story…
“Boobbix was born from my worries about not having enough milk for my 10 month old daughter. Since she was 2 days old my breasts had been huge and I had leaked just being near her, so I never had any worries about supply. But with her sleeping for longer periods and eating solid foods, I started to notice my cup size decreasing and her fussing more when feeding. I also noticed that any time I got stressed she fussed even more. So I set out to find natural ways of boosting my supply to make sure that we both got the most of out breastfeeding whilst we could.
I found out about lactation cookies online and tried to buy them but found that they were really only available in the U.S. Importing them was expensive, so I tried my hand at baking them myself. I have loved baking for years and so being able to bake something that I knew would benefit me and my daughter was great. I saw results really quickly which made me wonder why they weren't better known or available in the UK. None of my family had heard of them, and neither had any of the mums I spoke to and so I saw an opportunity to combine two of my loves in a way that would hopefully benefit others.
Together with my brother who comes from a Michelin Starred catering background, we have developed recipes that can not only increase your milk supply, but that are good for you too, as well as being tasty for you and your family! Most of our ingredients are organic and our recipes are developed to ensure that they include nutrient packed ingredients such as cranberries, coconut oil, raisins, almonds and peanut butter. We also only use unrefined sugars and flours!
I want to be able to help other mums feel more confident about their milk supply, and Boobbix is a tasty, healthy and convenient way of doing this. The lactation cookies provide breastfeeding mothers, and babies, with plenty of nutrients and energy, and yet unlike some healthy food and lactation recipes they taste delicious.” - KATIE
How wonderful to have Michelin Star talent in the family!? And I can totally empathize with Katie too. When Phoebe was about 9 months old, I was going back to work full-time. She was weaning well onto solids and her want for my milk was gradually decreasing. I became convinced that I didn’t have enough milk and began to search through blogs I had previously read that mentioned ‘lactation cookies.’ Katie found that they were more of an American thing and I too, really struggled to try and source the ingredients here in Northern Ireland to make a batch myself. In the end, I just gave up. It wasn’t long after that, that my breastfeeding journey with Phoebe sadly ended. Looking back, I wish I had fought harder to keep going with breastfeeding. I was immensely proud that I’d managed 9 months, but the stress of returning to full-time work, worry over a decreasing supply and my little miss thinking it was fun to bite me (!) was all too much. If I had been able to get my hands on some Boobbix cookies at the time, I would have devoured the lot!! I just know they would have given me more confidence and the nutrition needed to keep going…
So, you want to know more about Boobbix Lactation Cookies?
Katie has carefully developed a range of flavours for her yummy cookies:
Chocolate Chip & Oat
Cranberry & Almond
Date & Ginger
Oatmeal & Raisin
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
I taste-tested both the Cranberry and Peanut Butter ones and if I’m totally honest, I wasn’t too keen on the Cranberry, but boy, I LOVED the Peanut Butter! Although (unfortunately) I wasn’t feeding Phoebe when trying these cookies, they were a delicious and healthy snack for a busy mum! I so looked forward to getting a moment of quiet to sit and enjoy my Boobbix cookie with a cuppa, after a long day at work. In fact, it became my regular treat for a while – until they ran out!
Katie’s cookies really are super scrummy! They are good and thick, chunky cookies and are packed full of goodness. They actually taste like they are good for you! It helps with the not feeling guilty for eating a GIANT COOKIE!! Hooray!! Plus, the Peanut Butter ones are just the right amount of chocolate-y-ness and peanut-y-ness! For more nutritional info see below:
- Although our products are intended to boost milk supply, they are also completely safe to be eaten by anyone else, including as happens in my family, a hungry husband or grandmother! They also make brilliant gifts for mothers-to-be and new mums, especially from one experienced mother to another!
- Oats contain plenty of fibre, vitamins, whole grains, antioxidants, iron and vitamins and are used worldwide as traditional remedies for boosting breast milk production. They provide a slow release of energy and are also dense in calories, which is important for breastfeeding mothers whose daily calorie intake is recommended to be between 2500 – 2700.
- Flaxseed is extremely beneficial for both mother and baby as it is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital in brain development for babies. As babies take omega-3 from their mothers through breastfeeding, the mother’s levels tend to reduce and so topping up on this is great for both of you. It also contains a healthy amount of fibre.
- The third ingredient is Brewer’s Yeast, which is known for stimulating and increasing milk supply, and used because of the high levels of iron, amino acids, protein and B-vitamins. It is also extremely good for breastfeeding mothers as it fights fatigue and is believed to have positive effects on mood, including the baby-blues.
As I wasn’t feeding my daughter at the time of taste-testing for Katie, I did send some cookies to another local mum to try. Unfortunately she didn’t see an increase in her own milk supply but suggested that perhaps it was because she only had one cookie per day. If you want use these cookies to increase your supply, Katie recommends at least one cookie each day to give you a boost. Personally, if I have another baby and am fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed again, I’ll definitely be buying Boobbix Cookies! For now, I’m recommending all breastfeeding mamas to give them a go! Even if they don’t increase your supply – you’ll get to enjoy a scrumptious, ‘healthy’ cookie, guilt free! You can buy Katie’s lovely cookies from her website www.boobbix.co.uk. They come individually wrapped (handy for popping in your changing bag) and in boxes of 10 for £10.50.
How exciting to be able to support a UK mum in her Boobbix Breastfeeding Quest!