Pinky McKay is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected breastfeeding experts. She’s an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and best-selling author of 4 titles including Parenting By Heart and Sleeping Like a Baby, (Penguin Random House). Pinky specializes in gentle parenting styles that honour mothers’ natural instincts to respond to their babies.
Newborns need to be fed around the clock and the Mama milk machine doesn’t stop – day or night! The average baby requires at least nine hours of ‘hands-on care’ a day and that doesn’t include all the extra tasks of washing, cooking and basic self-care (like simply having a shower!) that goes with the new addition to your family.
Mothers are trying so hard to provide the very best for their babies but their efforts are often almost counter-productive: if you are constantly feeding an unsettled, hungry baby (whether this is due to real or perceived low milk supply or some other reason, such as a temporary appetite increase); trying to increase your milk supply by expressing between feeds (once you have finally settled your baby), as well as taking care of your baby - feeding yourself is often the last thing you can manage.
As I would visit mothers in their homes to help solve breastfeeding problems, I saw so many women who were suffering from stress, poor nutrition, and low breast milk supply.
I have often shared my personal recipes with mums over the years, the reality is that most new mothers barely have time to make a sandwich, let alone cook nutritious foods for themselves. However, those who did make my foods raved about the results to their energy levels and their milk supply. And that’s why I firstly created Boobie Bikkies® and later, Boobie Brekkie.
Boobie Foods® are a combination of ancient wisdom and modern science. In cultures around the world, for generations, special foods have been prescribed after birth as an aid to breastfeeding mothers. I have researched these foods and the elements of traditional recipes to create my own special recipes for the modern breastfeeding mother.
And, because we now know that everything you eat will be passed to your baby, our Boobie Foods are made from all natural and organic ingredients with no GM foods, chemical additives or pesticides passing through your milk.
No matter how busy you are, whether you are trying to pump milk as well as feed your baby, whether you seem to be feeding your baby for hours on end, whether you are the busy mother of more than one child or you work outside the home, Boobie Bikkies® are a naturally nourishing treat that supports you as you do the most important job of all –nurturing and feeding your breastfed baby.
As a nourishing snack, an analysis (Victoria University, Melbourne 2020), found that our Boobie Foods can be a helpful nutritional complement to a healthy balanced diet. Boobie Bikkies supply minerals Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorous. Based on a recommended serving of two biscuits a day, Boobie Bikkies meet the RDI for Thiamine(B1) and Niacin (B2). Vitamin E is particularly high in our Gluten Free biscuits (9.2mg in two biscuits, with the RDI stated as 10mg per day) and our Orange and Vanilla Boobie Bikkies are a good source of Folate.
Boobie Bikkies are individually wrapped, so just throw a few in your bag and go wherever your busy life takes you. Best of all, you can eat them with one hand as you feed your baby (and you don’t have to make them yourself)!
There are nutrients that have a significant impact on wellbeing for postnatal recovery and breastfeeding and these can be easily met by eating a healthy breakfast.
Some of the most important nutrients for postnatal recovery and a healthy milk supply are iron, zinc and Omega 3 fatty acids. Your breastmilk will reflect your own diet. For example, omega 3 fatty acids in your diet are important for your baby’s brain development and your own wellbeing.
Boobie Brekkie is a source of protein, a good source of fibre, thiamine (B1), niacin(B3) and folate(B12); iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous all exceed 10% RDI in a 60gram serving.
Boobie Brekkie is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids: it is recognized that maternal intake of the essential fatty acids, along with the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), impacts on the breastmilk composition and therefore the intake by the infant.
So, while you are starting your day with a nourishing breakfast, setting yourself up for enhanced energy and a healthy milk supply, you are also passing essential nutrients through your breastmilk to your baby, supporting his growth and development.
If you are concerned about your breast milk supply or your baby’s health, it is important to seek help from a health care provider and to get support for breastfeeding concerns from a lactation consultant, breastfeeding counsellor, child health nurse or GP.