Giveaway: Milkmakers Lactation Cookies!

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Milkmakers lactation cookies were such a big hit at the Monterey Cloth Diaper Party that we decided it would be an awesome idea to give a dozen away!

For those of you who don’t know what Milkmakers lactation cookies are they are super yummy cookies with ingredients that are proven to boost your breastmilk supply!

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This is a perfect give for yourself, a nursing mother you know and love, or for that special milkie donor momma in your life!
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Not only are we giving away a dozen Milkmakers cookies to one lucky fan but Bumpboosters is giving away free pregnancy cookies to everyone! Check it out here!

Enjoy!


The amazing science of breast milk

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Yeah Science!

Yeah Science!

After sharing an article with Rachel that breast milk was the only thing a human could consume exclusively for the rest of their life and not die of malnutrition (ends up it’s
debated), we have been even more fascinated with the science of breast milk.

The Slate has a great article on the science behind breast milk covering new research into the chemical composition and how it is effected by many ever changing factors.

Some human milk oligosaccharides—simple sugar carbohydrates—were recently discovered to be indigestible by infants. When my son was nursing, those oligosaccharides weren’t meant for him. They were meant for bacteria in his gut, which thought they were delicious. My wife was, in a sense, nursing another species altogether, a species that had been evolutionarily selected to protect her child.

Well that’s neat, but it gets even more amazing.

For example, she notes, in humans skin-to-skin contact appears to trigger signals that are sent through the milk. “If the infant is showing signs of infection, somehow that’s being signaled back to the mother and she up-regulates the immune factors that are in her milk. Now is that her body’s responding to a need of the baby? Maybe. Is it that she also has a low-grade infection that she’s just not symptomatic for and so her body’s doing that? Maybe. Is it partially both? Maybe. We don’t know. It’s brand-new stuff.”

While I’m not here to start a breast feeding vs formula debate, it does open questions into how the static chemistry of formula can be an effective replacement.

…how could we possibly know what the difference between breast milk and formula is if we aren’t even keeping track of what the variation in breast milk is doing? And so the more that we understand about what is in milk, and what predicts how it varies, the more opportunity there is for formula to better emulate what breast milk is.

-Matt

Source – Slate


OT: Breastmilk Stirred Never Shaken!

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Screw you James Bond I want my milk stirred NEVER shaken! This graphic showed up on my facebook feed a few days back and it completely took me by surprise. I never knew that you should refrain from vigorously shaking breastmilk! No one mentioned this at my La Leche meetings, and it was never covered in any of the breastfeeding books I read… So here it goes:

Things I Never Knew About Expressed Breastmilk:

 

Swirled, stirred, gently caressed but NEVER shaken:

Because shaking expressed mothers’ milk (or boiling or freezing it) denatures the shaped molecules of the protective proteins, leaving only the pieces – the amino acids – the parts. Lactoferrin, lysozyme, and other protective components work their protection magic when they are in their original shaped molecular structure. Some components remain intact, even during freezing, shaking or heating.They not only protect the gut from many kinds of infection, but also prevent inflammation of the gut lining. Even broken up, the separate amino acids are still really good stuff and are digested by the baby as nutrients. Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC

Thawing at Room Temperature? Not For My Milk:

Never thaw frozen breast milk at room temperature, which enables bacteria to multiply in the milk. Also, don’t heat a frozen bottle in the microwave or very quickly on the stove. Some parts of the breastmilk might be too hot, and others too cold. Some research suggests that rapid heating can affect the breast milk’s antibodies as well. Mayo Clinic

The Colors of Expressed Milk:

Colostrum is generally yellow to yellow- orange. During that time, the color changes gradually to a bluish white color. However, the color of mature breastmilk may change because of mother’s diet or medications. Food dyes used in carbonated sodas, fruit drinks, and gelatin desserts have been associated with milk that is pink or pinkish orange. Greenish breast milk has been linked to consuming green- colored sports beverages, seaweed, or large amounts of green vegetables. One woman consuming a certain prescription medication reported black milk. Frozen breastmilk may look yellowish. La Leche League

Tastes Like Soap:

Sometimes thawed breastmilk may smell or taste soapy. This is due to the breakdown of milk fats. The milk is safe and most babies wil still drink it. If there is a rancid smell from high lipase (enzyme that breaks down milk fats) activity when the bresat milk has been chilled or frozen, the breastmilk can be heated to scalding (bubbles around the edges, not boiling) after expression, then quickly cooled and frozen. This deactivates the lipase enzyme. Scalded breast milk is still a healthier choice than commercial infant formula. La Leche League

Microwaves Are For TV Dinners:

Do not use a microwave oven to heat human milk. It may cause the loss of some of the beneficial properties of the milk. Microwaves do not heat liquids evenly and may leave hot spots in the container of breast milk. This could be dangerous for infants. La Leche League

It’s Alive!:

Your breastmilk is a living substance so precious some call it “white blood”. It is essential to store your expressed (pumped) milk properly to maximize its nutritional and anti-infective qualities. Human milk actually has anti-bacterial properties that help it to stay fresh. Giving your baby the freshest breastmilk you have pumped ensures its high quality. La Leche League

Less Is More:

Freeze about 2 to 4 ounces of breast milk per container, to avoid wasting milk after you thaw it. You can always thaw an extra bag if needed. American Academy of Pediatrics

If you know of any other unique tips for storing breast milk please leave us a comment!

-Rachel