They are basically just sweets with the word "lactation" written somewhere on the label. They’re sweetened with refined sugar, have poor nutritional quality, and few, if any, proven galactagogues.
I couldn't find something "done for you" that wasn't just a sugar-laden treat, so I started sourcing my own ingredients and making my own lactation smoothies at home.
"But there was one big problem with this..."
The homemade smoothies weren’t fast, easy, or convenient.
And as a new mom — and a working mom at that— this was a big hurdle.
Every time I wanted a smoothie, I had to pull everything out and stand in front of the blender, measuring out each ingredient one by one. Then I had to put it all away and clean everything up.
And do that every time.
Now I know it doesn’t SOUND like a lot of work or very time consuming, but you’re a mom, you get it.
"You're busy & there's no time for extras..."
If anything takes extra time or effort, you just don't get to it. Even if it’s really good for you.
When I first started with galactagogues, I was making a smoothie a day. And then it was one every other day. And then one every couple of days. And finally I wasn’t drinking them with any kind of consistency to feel the benefit.
Yes the pre-made lactation bars were convenient, but they're not good for you.
And the lactation cookie and muffin mixes? ... Well they're neither healthy nor convenient. Even if they were good for you, you'd have to mix them with eggs and oil, drop them onto the cookie sheet, bake them—probably in multiple batches.
Again, not hard, but do you have time?
"Tasted like poo..."
I found some powdered supplements and they tasted like, well, poo. The teas tasted bad too and some had questionable herbs in them.
I tried supplements in pill form but... MOM BRAIN… I didn’t always remember to take them, so I didn't get any real benefit.
One thing I never forgot to do?
You’re hungry ALL the time when you’re nursing.
And I was already eating oatmeal most mornings since it's one of the top-recommended galactagogues. So I started wondering:
Could I incorporate the galactagogues I was putting in my smoothies into my oatmeal instead?
"I was skeptical..."
I was skeptical, but I wanted to find out.
Well milk thistle, shatavari and brewer's yeast (three of my favorite galactagogues) have strong, earthy flavors. I wanted to use them, but I didn't want to have to add a ton of sugar to hide them.
I made batch after batch of oatmeal to figure how to add the galactagogues without making the oatmeal a weird consistency or flavor
And it took A LOT of trial and error to get right.
Fast forward through MANY rounds of test recipes and I had created an instant oatmeal that was easy, nutritious, delicious and packed full of galactagogues.
I was ecstatic.
It tasted great mixed with just water and even better with coconut or oat milk for an extra lactation boost.
Introducing the first-ever Lactation Instant Oatmeal