A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try Birdie Bakes lactation cookies. The timing was perfect as Daniel had just started nursing again after not doing so for a while (I will be writing about this later) and I really needed the extra support while my body adjusted to making milk for two. Birdie Bakes is a home bakery in the Tampa, Florida area ran by Melanie Anselmo-Stevens. She operates under the Florida Cottage Law and bakes cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, pie pops and more.
I will start by saying that the cookies taste great. They were definitely a treat I looked forward to eating every day. It is also pretty convenient that they are already baked and ready to eat. As a sleep deprived nursing mom of two, I could definitely appreciate not having to find time to bake them myself. As far as boosting supply, I'll start by saying that Daniel is nursing like crazy now. He still sleeps through the night but nurses to sleep and then wakes up for an early morning nursing around 6 am. During the day, he nurses about as much as his baby brother, Joshua, does. Since Daniel hadn't nursed since before Joshua was born and suddenly started nursing like a newborn, I was concerned about Joshua not getting enough milk during the period of time it would take my supply to adjust. I ate my cookies faithfully (it was such hard work!) and, aside from a few times Daniel complained about milk not coming out (yet I could hand express some milk if I tried), I had no problems. My supply quickly adjusted to feeding two boys full-time and I was even able to pump anywhere from 4 to 6 ounces in between feedings on those days when I had the time!
I believe the cookies helped and would definitely recommend them to those of you in need of a supply boost. Birdie Bakes lactation cookies are made with mostly organic ingredients. Flavors available are oatmeal chocolate chip ($19 for a two week supply), chocolate and peanut butter chip ($20), white chocolate chip ($19), and cranberry ($22). There is no additional charge for dietary restrictions such as vegan cookies, just let Melanie know when you place an order. The cookies are delivered for free up to an hour outside of New Tampa and there is a delivery charge of $1-3 after that depending on where you are located. Due to restrictions of the Florida Cottage Law, Melanie is currently unable to ship cookies to other areas. To place an order, email Melanie at BirdieBakes@yahoo.com. Check her out on Facebook at Birdie Bakes.
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