Breastfeeding is supposed to be one of the most natural things a mother can do. We believe when we get pregnant that it will just happen and we often don’t consider it may not be as easy as it’s made out to be. Some of us need help increasing our milk supply, either because our bodies aren’t producing enough to support our baby’s growth or we simply want more to store or donate.
Many lactation supplements are found in pills, unpleasant teas or sugar-laden cookies full of artificial ingredients. This didn’t make sense to me. As a mom trying to nourish my body when so much was being demanded of it, I wanted more than a snack I dreaded to eat or was basically junk food. I bet you do, too.
Welcome to Milkful.
You shouldn’t have to choose between a bar that works and a bar that tastes great without tons of sugar and artificial ingredients. Milkful delivers the best so you can be your best.
Milkful bars were formulated with the help of Registered Dieticians, a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and our Medical Advisor, Dr. Alejandra Carrasco, who is a Functional Medicine expert specializing in women’s wellness. All of these resources mean our bars go beyond the hype - they actually do what they promise.
The purposeful ingredients we’ve chosen for our bars do more than make our bars taste amazing. They’ve been shown to increase milk supply by thousands of customers who rave about their boost in breast milk after eating 1-2 bars a day. They also contain essential nutrients that can improve and support the mother’s body before, during and after pregnancy.
Nursing moms from around the world eat rolled oats to increase their milk supply. They are a nutritional powerhouse that nourish the body. When the body is nourished, the body is more able to do what it was meant to do, such as produce more breastmilk. Rolled oats are full of whole grains, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and iron, a mineral many nursing moms are deficient in which can decrease milk supply and lower energy levels.
Brewer’s yeast is a traditional herbal remedy used to stimulate and increase the production of breastmilk. It is a rich source of B-vitamins and amino acids essential for nursing moms and babies. In addition to helping with breastmilk production, brewer’s yeast is believed to help combat fatigue and fight off the baby blues. It also contains chromium which is known to help control blood sugar levels, and probiotics which can nourish the gut.
Flax seeds contain an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, phytoestrogens and fiber. The omegas support brain development and pass from mother to baby through breastmilk. Phytoestrogens have been shown to influence milk production and fiber keeps “things” moving as they should.
Black sesame seeds may be small, but they are packed with calcium and estrogen-like plant properties that can help nursing mothers produce more breastmilk. They contain high levels of calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese, too. Guess it’s true that good things come in small packages!
Along with being loaded with protein, fiber and essential fats, nuts have long been considered lactogenic. That means they do more than add a crunch to our bars, they actually boost milk supply.
Many nursing moms already eat almonds and drink almond milk to increase the creaminess, sweetness and amount of their breast milk. They are also a great source of calcium, which is great news for dairy-free moms.
Walnuts are an exceptionally nutritious nut. They have higher antioxidant activity and significantly more healthy omega-3 fats than any other common nut. Two of the polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega-6 (linoleic acid is the primary source) and Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid is the primary source), are considered to be essential fatty acids (EFAs) and have numerous health benefits. Babies generate the fatty acids such as ARA and DHA more slowly than adults and thus need to get some via diet (i.e., breastmilk).
Lactogenic products have the reputation of tasting terrible. We knew we’d have to create a snack that nursing mothers would actually crave if we wanted them to stay a customer. We don’t use masking ingredients or loads of sugar to make our bars taste great; we combine nature’s finest ingredients because we believe nature knows best.
Look at our reviews and you’ll see thousands of moms talk about how great our bars taste. Many say they actually look forward to eating our bars everyday and enjoy every last bite. We are constantly adding new flavors to give nursing moms variety, because we know there are days you just want something different.
As you can see from the list of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients above, we weren’t messing around when we created our lactation bars. We loaded the best lactogenic ingredients nature has to offer into every bar so both the mom and the baby get what their bodies need.
But we didn’t stop there. Moms do more than nurse. Our bodies need nutrient-dense ingredients that are easily digestible, provide natural energy and can support healthy organ function.
Chia seeds are one of the most popular “superfoods” because they are loaded with fiber, omega-3 fatty acid, high-quality protein and several essential minerals and antioxidants. Studies show these tiny seeds may lower risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, lead to better digestive health and increase heart-healthy omega-3s.
Yet another one of nature’s perfect foods, hemp seeds are a good source of easily-digestible protein, essential fats, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamins B1, B6, D, and E, plus chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorous and enzymes.
Coconut oil is known to have a multitude of health benefits, including improving skin and hair, digestion, heart health and immunity. Research suggests that this amazing oil may reduce abdominal obesity in women and increase thyroid and endocrine system functions.
Who says chocolate is an indulgence? Quality dark chocolate (70-85% cacao) has been found to actually be good for your body (hooray!). It is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and antioxidants. So, eat your chocolate!
Peanuts are abundant in vitamins and minerals. They are basically nature’s multivitamin, with niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium. A recent study found moms who ate peanuts while breastfeeding paired with direct introduction of peanuts in the first year of their baby’s life was associated with the lowest risk of peanut allergies. As great as peanuts are, we know not all moms can eat them. For those moms, a few of our recipes are completely peanut free.
Sugar is sugar, right? Maybe technically, but processed cane sugar is a dietary no-no and we wouldn’t dream of adding artificial sweeteners to our wholesome products. Instead, we go for the most natural sweeteners we could find.
Honey is about as natural as it gets. This incredible sweetener perfectly balances fructose and glucose that can help regulate blood sugar levels. When you eat honey, the fructose portion allows the glucose to be consumed by the liver to form glycogen, which becomes available to the brain, heart, kidneys and red blood cells to enhance their functions.
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We want all moms to be able to enjoy our bars, particularly while breastfeeding. That’s why we deliberately removed common allergens from our recipes, including wheat, dairy, soy and eggs. Our protein comes from nuts and seeds, not whey, soy or egg whites. We don’t use processed flours, only wholesome oats. For those with a peanut allergy, we offer peanut-free bars as well.
One of the main reasons I created Milkful was because I couldn’t find a lactation support product I wanted to put into my body, let alone transfer to my nursing baby. Milkful gives mothers the best of what their bodies need and nothing it doesn’t. Only wholesome, premium ingredients go into our bars and into your body. Why?
Because when boobies are happy, babies are happy.
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