My husband ate the galactogogue brownies I made. Should I be concerned that he’s going to start lactating?
Unfortunately for him, no. Galactagogues do have some amazing abilities for improving milk production but its only works if you are already lactating. So your husband won’t start lactating but you probably still won’t be able to keep him out of the brownies!
You mention in your book that you ran into supply problems when you went back to work and had to start pumping. How much of a supply increase would you attribute to the galactogogues in these recipes?
Of course every mom is different but this was my experience. I was pumping twice a day at work and getting a total of 2-3 ounces during the whole work day. I tried drinking extra water, pumping extra, no caffeine, relaxing music but nothing helped much. Then I started using galactagogues and I could pump sometimes up to 6-8 ounces a work day.
It does seems to be a bit of mystery although women all of the word have been using galactagogues for centuries to increase milk supply. Science hasn’t been able to fully prove why they work or why they shouldn’t work either. The general idea I have come across is they help because of all the animo acids, iron, vitamin B, fiber and protein. For me it is a “proof is in the pudding” kind of thing. (There really is a pudding recipe in the cookbook, its butterscotch!)
Obviously the results that women will have with galactogogues will vary, but in general, what should a breastfeeding mom expect when trying one of these recipes for the first time?
Eating a couple portions a day will help (brownies 3x a day, um, twist my arm) although sometime it may take up to three days to see results. Also galactagogues are like super heroes; the more of them you combine together, the more powerful they are. A recipe with flax seed, brewers yeast and oats is going to be more powerful then one with just brewers yeast alone.
What recipe in the book do you think is the most powerful for increasing milk supply? What is your favorite to eat?
Many of the recipes are powerful galactagogue triple-whammies that have flax seed, brewers yeast and oats. But I think the most powerful one is probably Chocolate Chocolate Oatmeal Chocolate Brownies plus it is my favorite.
Sarah was kind enough to give me a copy of the book so that I could try some of the recipes out, and (in addition to the brownies) I’ve made two so far – the “Red, White, and Boob” smoothie and the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Bread. My offspring helped with both of them:
My son was so proud of himself for “helping” me make the banana bread, and he thought it was delicious! One thing that I liked about this recipe was that it made two loaves – we froze the second loaf, but if I had a friend that had recently had a baby, it would have been a great thing to bring over as a gift (while still having plenty for us)!
So here are the giveaway details: if you’d like to enter to win a copy of the e-cookbook, just leave a comment below! If you want, tell us what you’ve tried before to bring up your milk supply (or you can just say that you’d like to enter). The giveaway will run until midnight on Wednesday, May 7th. I’ll pick 5 random winners. Anyone is eligible to participate – you do not need to be in the U.S. Make sure that in the email field you use an email address that I can contact you at (it will not be displayed).
Good luck and thanks so much for participating! And thanks to Sarah for giving away copies of her book!