Many Canadian mothers find breastfeeding wonderful but challenging.

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The birth of a child is an event wrapped in layers of anticipation, joy, fear, excitement, and surprise. Many mothers will tell you that after having a baby, there are a million and one questions that need to be answered, no matter how prepared the mother-to-be is.

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And no mom knows what to expect when her new baby lands in her arms, whether it’s her first, second, or third. Nutrition is key and for many women one of the biggest concerns, especially when they decide to breastfeed.

Studies show that in Canada 91% of all mothers initiate breastfeeding, but according to Equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com40–50% of mothers stop complementary foods by six months, and only 34% breastfeed exclusively for six months.

Yet breastfeeding is as old as life and is the normal way to feed a baby. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding because it is “one of the most effective ways to ensure the health and survival of a child,” according to the website, but WHO studies show that almost two out of three babies are not exclusively breastfed for recommended period. 6 months is a figure that hasn’t improved in two decades.

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Nutritionists and breastfeeding experts will tell you that breast milk is the perfect food for babies: it’s safe, clean, and contains antibodies that protect against many common childhood illnesses. “Breast milk is the best food for newborns,” says the Public Health Agency of Canada, adding that it provides all the energy and nutrients an infant needs in the first months of life, and “still provides up to half or more of a baby’s nutritional value.” needs in the second half of the first year of life and up to one third during the second year of life.

In addition, according to internationally certified lactation consultant Katherine McEvilley in a recent media release, “the use of certain foods, herbs and spices to support lactation goes back thousands of years.”

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There’s more, but try telling this to frustrated mothers of newborns who can’t breastfeed at all. As profound as it is, actually trying to breastfeed a baby can be one of the most stressful challenges a new mom faces.

Canadian Baker Lisa Sangedolse At The Helm Of The Lactation Cookie Company.
Canadian baker Lisa Sangedolse at the helm of the Lactation Cookie Company. Photo courtesy /Lactation Cookie Company

“It happened to me,” says Canadian baker, bakery owner and mother Lisa Sangedolse. “My son was born four years ago and I still remember the stress and anxiety. Breastfeeding my son in the first few weeks after his birth was a nightmare and one of the most stressful experiences ever,” Sangedolce added in a recent interview, noting that she faced challenges such as not enough breast milk to feed her hungry mother. son.

“I fell into despair and started looking for everything, including proper nutrition and what I should be eating to help produce milk. I found out they sell special lactation cookies in Buffalo, so I went there and took a bunch of bags and took them home.”

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Whatever was in the cookie worked, says Sangedolce, who has been training in Leith School of Food and Wine in the UK before starting his own company, Le Dolci Bakery and Cooking School (www.ledolci.com) in Toronto.

“And then my employees said, ‘You have a bakery. Why can’t you make your own?”

Sangedolce began researching lactation biscuits and, working closely with a group of nutritionists, food scientists, and McEvilley, created her own biscuits, which are now sold like hotcakes.

“I knew it was necessary, but it’s beyond anything I could have imagined,” says Sangedolce of his Lactation Cookie Company (lactationcookiecompany.com). Some moms buy nine boxes at once!”

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Lactation Cookie Company Lactation Cookie – Included supplied

The cookies contain ingredients that are healthy, nutritious – and everyone can enjoy them. Everything from pure Canadian maple syrup to lactagogues, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed and oatmeal are packed with nutrients like B vitamins, minerals, amino acids and protein, flax, magnesium, zinc, folic acid and antioxidants.

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“But absolutely no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives,” adds Sangedolce. “All ingredients are pure, all made in Ontario, certified vegan, halal, kosher and made in a peanut free facility. They are ordinary and vegetable.

Can everyone eat this cookie, including men? “Absolutely!” says Sanguedolce, who donates to the La Leche League in Canada and the US with every box of cookies she buys to support breastfeeding education in North America. “Don’t worry, they’re good for everyone, but thanks to galactagogues and brewer’s yeast, breastfeeding moms get a boost.”

Sanguedolce says that not only is she excited about this new business venture, but she’s also paying attention to breastfeeding in general, especially in public.

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“This company was born out of my personal problems, but it’s more than just eating cookies,” Sanguedolce says. “When you have a new baby, your whole world turns upside down. Also, try breastfeeding in public, where many mothers are subjected to constant condemnation that is cruel and more than humiliating. To be honest, I’m from a generation where breastfeeding moms were forced to live in dark bedrooms, bathrooms, and just hide from view. When I was breastfeeding in public, I couldn’t believe my hurtful looks and stares. Which is incredibly sad, since breastfeeding is a normal, healthy part of caring for a baby.

“I’m trying to change all that. One cookie at a time.”

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