Here at Ever Nurture we are so proud to be partnered up with some truly incredible Aussie owned brands. The founders that started these brands have such inspiring stories and we are so excited to be sharing these on via our journal. Made to Milk was founded by Talissa, a busy Mum and business owner. Talissa started Made to Milk to support other Mums looking for natural ways to boost breastmilk supply. Talissa kindly offered some of her precious time to write for us this week and we are so grateful...meet Talissa.
(Pictured: Talissa with her daughter Milly)
Whoever knew that a hot, fresh-from-the-oven batch of cookies could change a life. But that’s exactly how it happened as I battled through the tiring and relentless first few months as a brand new mum.
This beautiful little squishy babe had my heart but I soon found myself spiralling into a pit of misery after birth complications, adjusting to the never-ending sleepless nights and on top of that an overwhelming number of breastfeeding issues (sound familiar?).
I remember my lowest moment so clearly. My 3 month old was in my arms wailing at the top of her lungs while I kept trying to offer her a limp and empty breast, feeling in my gut that even if she took it, she wouldn’t be satisfied. I felt my emotions boiling over and I lay my screaming child down, walked into my bedroom and broke down. I cried because I felt lonely, I felt exhausted and I felt like a failure. I allowed myself a few moments of wallowing in self-pity before I picked myself up off the floor, returned to my still crying baby and tried again to get her feeding.
You can imagine the next words to hit my google search engine. Something along the lines of ‘send milk!’. The answer I found – lactation cookies. What in the world? Exactly my thoughts. But I soon came to learn that lactation cookies are a life-saving natural way to support your milk supply! Containing three key ingredients – oats, flaxseed and brewers yeast, lactation products actively work to promote lactation. Not only that but brewers yeast has the added bonus of increasing blood sugar levels and aiding digestion. The perfect combination for a mum working hard to nourish not only themselves but their little one!
A few cookies shoved down my goblet and my milk supply improved so dramatically that I was finally on the way to being my normal bubbly self again. It was at this point I turned to the mums around me and just began baking! If these cookies helped me so dramatically, I wanted every single breastfeeding mum out there to have access to them! So I baked. And baked. And just kept baking. Before long I was baking HUNDREDS of batches a week as soon word began to spread that there were these ‘supply-saving’ cookies out there that ACTUALLY TASTED AMAZING!
Just like that…Made to Milk Lactation Cookies was born. Now my little team of helpers and I have reached out to THOUSANDS of mums Australia wide, spreading the love of baking cookies and breastfeeds as we do our best to giggle our way through this crazy journey called motherhood.
Breastfeeding is beautiful. It really is! But it can be SUPER tough. Draining. Emotional! I decided early on in the Made to Milk kitchen that I NEVER wanted a mum to feel as low as I did. I never wanted another mum to be at absolute breaking point – not knowing if there was a way out. Let me tell you girlfriend – there is! And there is a MASSIVE community of Made to Milk mums right behind you, letting you know that you are not alone, you CAN do this and YOU are the best mother you can be. So welcome, indulge in some delish cookie, and say hi!
We’ve got your back sista,
Are you looking for ways to naturally promote your breastmilk supply? Perhaps you know a Mum who is breastfeeding and you're looking for the perfect gift for them?You can shop online and find some of Talissa's delicious products at our website and find out more about Made to Milk at Talissa's website.