Many Canadian Moms Find Breastfeeding Glorious – But With Challenges

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Having a baby is an event wrapped in layers of anticipation, joy, fear, excitement and wonder. Many moms will tell you that once that baby has arrived, there are a thousand and one questions to answer – no matter how prepared a mom-to-be is.

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And no mom really knows what to expect when her new baby lands in her arms, whether it’s a first child or a second or third. Nutrition is essential and, for many women, one of the biggest challenges, especially when choosing to breastfeed.

Equity Health research shows that in Canada, 91% of all mothers start breastfeeding, but according to equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com, 40-50% of mothers stop at six months and only 34% exclusively breastfeed for six months. .

And yet, breastfeeding is as old as life and is a normal way to feed your baby. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding as “one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival,” according to the website, but research WHO reveals that almost two out of three infants are not exclusively breastfed for the recommended duration. 6 months – a rate that has not improved in two decades.

Nutritionists and lactation experts will tell you that breast milk is the ideal food for infants – it’s safe, clean and contains antibodies that help protect against many common childhood illnesses. “Breast milk is the best food for newborns,” notes the Public Health Agency of Canada, adding that it provides all the energy and nutrients an infant needs during the first months of life. , and “continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional intake”. needs during the second half of the first year, and up to a third during the second year of life.

Additionally, according to International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Catherine McEvilly in a recent press release, “The consumption of certain foods, herbs and spices to support milk supply dates back thousands of years.”

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There’s more – but try telling that to frustrated mothers of newborns who are struggling to breastfeed in the first place. As deep as it goes, trying to breastfeed a child can be one of the most stressful issues a new mom faces.

Canadian baker Lisa Sanguedolce, head of Lactation Cookie Company
Canadian baker Lisa Sanguedolce, head of Lactation Cookie Company Photo provided /Breastfeeding Cookie Company

“It was with me,” says Canadian baker, bakery business owner and mother Lisa Sanguedolce. “My son was born four years ago and I still remember the stress and anxiety. Breastfeeding my son for the first few weeks after he was born was a nightmare and one of the most stressful events ever,” Sanguedolce added in a recent interview, noting that she struggled with issues such as lack of breast milk to feed her hungry. son.

“I became desperate and started shopping for everything including good nutrition and what I should eat to help produce milk. I found out there were special lactation cookies available in Buffalo, so I drove there and picked up a bunch of packages and took them home.

Everything in the cookies worked, says Sanguedolce, who trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine in the UK before opening his own business, Le Dolci Bakery and Cooking School (www.ledolci.com) in Toronto.

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

Sanguedolce undertook research into lactation cookies and, working closely with a group of nutritionists, food scientists and with McEvilly, created his own cookies – which now sell like the proverbial hot cakes.

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“I knew there was a need, but it was beyond anything I could have imagined,” says Sanguedolce of his Lactation Cookie Company (thelactationcookiecompany.com). Some mothers buy nine boxes at a time!

Lactation Cookie Company Lactation Cookies - Provided
Lactation Cookie Company Lactation Cookies – Provided provided

Cookies contain healthy and nutritious ingredients – and everyone can enjoy them. From pure Canadian maple syrup to galactagogues, brewer’s yeast, flax seeds and rolled oats, they’re packed with nutrients like B vitamins, minerals, amino acids and protein, flax, magnesium, zinc, folate and antioxidants.

“But absolutely no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives,” adds Sanguedolce. “All ingredients are pure and everything is made in Ontario, certified vegan, halal, kosher and made in a peanut-friendly facility. They come in regular and herbal varieties.

Can anyone eat these cookies – including men? “Absolutely!” says Sanguedolce, who with every box of cookies purchased, donates to La Leche League in Canada and the United States to support breastfeeding education in North America. “No worries because they’re good for everyone – but, thanks to galactagogues and brewer’s yeast, give breastfeeding mums a boost.”

Sanguedolce says she’s not only excited about this new business venture, but is also focused on breastfeeding in general, especially in public.

“This business was born out of my own personal challenges – but it’s more than just eating a cookie,” says Sanguedolce. “When you have a new baby, your whole world is turned upside down. Also, try breastfeeding in public, where many mothers are subject to constant judgment which is cruel and beyond humiliating. Honestly, I’m of this generation where breastfeeding mothers were relegated to dark rooms, bathrooms and just out of sight When I breastfed in public I couldn’t believe the hurtful stares and looks I got which is incredibly sad because breastfeeding is a normal and healthy part of caring for your child.

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

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