We all have the same fear.....it might hit you one day, be an every day fear, or you might think of it and forget it. What fear am I talking about? Not producing enough or drying up!
(Scarier than the Friday the 13th movies, right!?)
3 weeks ago, my family and I were involved in a car accident. Luckily our girls were not harmed, nor was my husband. Sadly..... I can not say the same for me or my car. Between the stress of it all and the amount of pain I was in..... I began to have fears my supply was dropping. Kit Kat seemed over all happy and normal.... but when it got closer to her feeding time she got increasingly grouchy and demanding. Naturally, my crazy mind went right to my breastmilk supply.
Rewind a few days prior to our car accident..... I came across Cookies, Then Milk. I contacted Nicole, founder of Cookies, Then Milk and asked her if she would be interested in doing a review and giveaway. (WOW am I glad I contacted her!!!) She said "yes" and we both dove right into giveaway happiness! I have to say I have not done a product review before that was more time appropriate than this one!
What I found to be so wonderful about Cookies, Then Milk was how nice and generous Nicole was. Within days we had racked up 20+ email responses (she is super fast to respond! Love that!) She told me I could pick out THREE different products to review! I could pick the flavor and product!!!! Oh man.... that was dangerous!
They also come shipped as mixes. Which means all you have to add is "wet" ingredients and you get to make these fantabulous, breastmilk boosting treats AT HOME! Which means it can be a "family" event. You can get your kids involved and teach them about baking!
Another reason why I just love this company..... days before my car accident Nicole had already agreed to do a review and giveaway, all she had to do was get my package together. The DAY she was shipping my package out she found out about my car accident and added 8 pre made lactation cookies for me! Her response as to why she added those at the last minute.... "I knew you may not have time to bake right away, so I thought a few pre-baked would help =)" (her exact words.) Such a sweet gesture that stuck with me.
(The little box was filled with the "extra" cookies.)
So after drooling over their website... I picked the Cowboy cookies (a new flavor), Dairy Free Blueberry Muffins, and the Waffle mix.
First thing we made............ (oh come on.... you know me!) COOKIES!
(Kit Kat kept saying "mmmmmmm" while Pooker was mixing)
(Future baker in the family! I mean come on... look at that form! hehe)
(Pooker had to get it "just right" as she said)
OHHHHHHHHHHHH is all I can say! The new flavor, Cowboy, is so delish! The salty/sweet combination is perfect! My husband even agreed! (I had to swat his hand out of the cookie jar a few times!) Now I did "smoosh" the cookie dough with the back of a spoon... which is why they turned out flat.
Next up were the waffles. I tossed in some fresh peaches, butter and syrup and went at 'em! They were more filling than "regular" waffles and seemed to hold back the "morning hungries" longer.
Finally..... the dairy free blueberry muffins. The batter was thicker than I thought it would be. It was more of a cookie dough consistency, so I was a bit concerned. But wow! When I took my first bite I realized my concern was un warranted. The dried blueberries were HUGE and there was A LOT of them. (see the size of the blueberries??!!)
(Pardon the santa muffin cups... they are left overs! hehe)
The waffles and muffins have a more "healthier" flavor than the cookies do. The cookies are sweet and taste more of a cookie.... while the waffles and muffins have a more healthy grain flavor. BUT they were all super yummy!
With all three lactation treats (cookies, waffles and muffins) I made the whole package and froze each in individual freezer bags. With the cookies I just took out what we wanted and left the rest in the freezer. For the waffles I took out the amount we wanted and tossed them in the toaster. For the muffins, I put what we wanted in the microwave to thaw out. Each time....... perfect results! (I have to admit.... I did drown my muffins in melted butter! But I just can't help it.... that is what I always do!)
Now the big question.... did I notice a change in my supply? Now.... I do not pump, so I can not give you an answer in ounces. But what I can say is that two days after following the suggested serving size I woke up feeling "fuller" in my nummie makers. Kit Kat also decided to nurse just a little bit longer than normal as well. Now this might be that my Mummie's Nummies were sweeter than normal (from the cookies.... man they are so good!) but either way... I DID notice a difference. A welcomed difference that helped us through a stressful time.
So are you drooling too? (I bet you are!) Wondering how you can get your hands on these tasty (and helpful) treats? WELL....... Cookies, Then Milk is offering you a special deal! That's right Mummies! How awesome is that?! During this giveaway, Cookies, Then Milk will also be offering Buy 2 mixes Get 1 mix FREE!!!
You can also enter to win The Nursing Mothers Survival Box! The box includes 2 packages of cookie mix, a cookie scoop, a nursing cover, nursing pads, and healing nipple cream. Excited??? ME TOO! Here is all the info you need!
WHO CAN ENTER?
Anyone 18 years of age or older, living the Continental United States and Canada.
HOW DO I ENTER?
Entry 1: Answer this pink question: Have you struggled with your breastmilk supply? (please leave your first name and email address.)
Entry 2: Follow Cookies, Then Milk on Facebook, come back here and comment saying you "liked" Cookies, Then Milk on Faceboo. (Please leave your first name and email address.)
Entry 3: Follow Cookies, Then Milk on Twitter, come back here and comment saying you are a follower of Cookies, then Milk on Twitter. (Please leave your first name and email address.)
HOW DO I KNOW IF I WON?
The winner will be notified by email, listed at the top of this post, on our Facebook page as well as our Google + Page. The winner has two days to contact us with their mailing address or another winner will be selected. The winner will be selected using RANDOM.ORG
HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE WINNER?We will enter the number of completed comments into the number generator at RANDOM.ORG and the first number it picks is the winner!
DO WE CHECK THESE ENTRIES?Yes, we do. Once the winner is selected, we will check to verify valid entry. If it isn’t, we’ll start the process over. (But I hate doing that... so please make sure you follow the rules.)
That's it Mummies!!!! One lucky Mummie (or Daddie) will get this awesome Survival Box!