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Question: Have you experienced trouble with milk production in the past?

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Yes, but we worked through it.

Yes, and we ended up quitting.

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For those of us who have experienced supply issues it can be an overwhelming and helpless feeling. When I worked for a LC in her boutique I learned that supply seemed to be one of the number one reasons women were having trouble. Often times when she returned to work or school and realized that pumping might be easier said than done. So, when a woman came in talking to me about this issue she brought up "breastmilk cookies". As a lover of (just about) all things baked, I was very intrigued. Especially if this was really something that women were seeing success with!

So, when I went home I looked up the recipe and decided to make some for myself, my friends and the women in my support group. They were amazing! It turns out I have found a legitimate reason to eat delicious cookies! I started hearing back from many of the women who wanted the recipe and what they were telling me was incredible. One woman ate half a cookie and saw a major increase that night at the pump. More than three reported leaking that night (after they hadn't done that in awhile!), and almost all of them said they definitely felt fuller. This got my wheels turning. I already make some things to make things to enhance the nursing experience (like my Nursing Clips), so it seemed a natural progression to look into making these on that level as well. 

I began talking to the LC that I worked for about making the cookies on a commercial level and I was pretty excited. We were looking into the laws of it all and since they had just changed I was pretty sure that I could sell the cookies on a retail level as long as they were labeled correctly. Well, my boss came across a piece of the legislature that still said I couldn't sell them on a retail level. She wrote me a message pointing this out and then almost immediately went to another local business and approached them about making lactation cookies for the store.  I was heartbroken. Especially considering if she had kept reading she would have seen that I CAN sell my cookies on a retail level as long as I don't make over 16K. So, needless to say, I was pissed that someone I looked up to, who I worked VERY hard for because I absolutely adored my job and believed in what she was doing would go off and knowingly create competition for me like this. She basically took all of the hype I had built around these cookies and handed it over to these people who know little about lactation. I am a breastfeeding mom and doula. I already make stuff that they sell in the store, so I was confused and very hurt by all of this. I ended up quitting my job after this and a few other questionable actions by my boss. It was heartbreaking. 

Now, people buy their cookies because they think they are mine (of coarse they would, I'm there one minute building hype about these fab cookies and then there are cookies for sale there)...but their cookies are gross. I'm not just saying that because I am the competition, I'm saying that because it's completely true. I could think of that as a good thing, but now I'm afraid that their cookies are going to give lactation cookies a bad name in general, which sucks. 

I was kicked to the ground for awhile, but, I always find a way to get back up and use the experience as fuel to drive me toward success. My friends have been an amazing support, they really encouraged me to keep going because I had a really good thing. So, I did. And I'm so glad! 

I'm so excited to officially launch my line of lactation cookies. After months of testing, sharing, and hearing feedback on these cookies it's finally happening. I'm so proud of myself, my friends and THESE COOKIES! I've even decided to make cookie dough to be more economical for mothers and to keep it fresher longer. It's really, really exciting!

Introducing - Milk'N Cookies!!

www.willowmoonspirit.etsy.com

Mmmmmmm......

I am still looking for mothers to help test my product. While I can no longer GIVE cookies away (because shipping is a b-i-t-c-h, my friend - plus these ingredients are not cheap), I would like to offer my Cafe Mama's half off one order! That's $3.00 for 6 cookies (plus S+H).

Please e mail me at willow_moonspirit@yahoo.com to order. 

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Daera...
Nov. 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Good luck! I may be ordering some right before the baby arrives, but I've still got a while to go. Ordering the cookie dough and keeping it in the freezer sounds awesome.

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gypsy...
Nov. 21, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Yea, I really think it's going to be very convenient. I'm thinking that I will be able to send it frozen and it will get there just fine. How about this - I send you some cookie dough and you test my theory out for me. What state are you in?

I don't think I would refreeze it though. I would keep it in the back of the refrigerator where it's coldest. So, let me know when your due date is and I'll wait until we're closer if you don't want the cookies yet. Or you could try them out and know if you dig them or not by the time the baby gets here. ;)

Would you be willing?

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