Eagle River baker offers lactation cookies to help nursing moms
An Eagle River baker known for her award-winning cupcakes has expanded her line to include a product for nursing moms.
Kastle Sorenson said her quest to make "lactation cookies" started after she experienced problems with producing milk for her youngest son.
Sorenson nursed her first son until he was 2-years-old. He stayed with her most of the day at work.
"It was so easy, I didn't have any problems," said Sorenson.
But when her second son was born, Sorenson put the boys in daycare. She said it wasn't long after that her milk production to feed her infant son started to go south.
"The thought of not even being able to get to six months with him was like, what in the world is going on?" said Sorenson.
As she often did, Sorenson turned to the kitchen for answers.
"I did some research and found out that lactation cookies have different ingredients in them that can increase milk," said Sorenson. "So, I thought, 'I'm going to start there.'"
She landed on a recipe with popular ingredients: peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats and M&Ms. But, she also added more specialized items thought to increase milk production, like Brewer's yeast and flax seed. At first, she made the cookies just for herself. It wasn't long before she started seeing results.
"After a week my milk supply had doubled," she said.
Sorenson started sharing the cookies with friends, who said they had similar results. She started offering them on her website and the orders began pouring in. Within the first month, she said, she was selling more than a thousand cookies a week and shipping them around the state and to the Lower 48.
"I don't guarantee that it's going to work because everyone is different, everyone's body acts differently," said Sorenson. "But, it seems to be helping a lot of moms, so it's nice."
Sorenson said anyone can eat her cookies and enjoy them, including men. The effects she said, are confined to nursing moms.
Sorenson has named her new line Mama's Milkin Munchies. In addition to online orders, Sorenson said the cookies are available at several retail locations, including the Nursing Boutique at Providence Hospital.
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