Having tried so many different brands of lactation foods / drinks, I thought I would spend some time reviewing them here today so hopefully other mummies can benefit!
As a low-supply mama, the effects are very obvious on me cos the stuff consumed can increase my yield by 30% by the next pump.
I'll review based on appearance, taste, and effectiveness.
But first, some points to note:
1. Every body is different. What works (or doesn't work) for mine may not be the same case for you.
2. Some of the items were sponsored whereas I paid for the rest myself. I will put a disclaimer under each brand so there's full disclosure.
[can't find my photos of Milking Cow and Shan's Lactation urghhhh but will retake for Milking Cow soon cos I'm ordering again next month!]
Singapore Lactation Bakes
Products: cookies, cookie cups, muffins, brownies
Taste: 3/5 for cookies
- they use healthier ingredients and more coconut oil than sugar/butter in their recipes, so the taste might take some getting used to. I'm hooked though!
- very generous chocolate chips, cranberries and nuts
5/5 for lactation brownies
- super yummy brownies that's not overly sweet!
3/5 for muffins
- moist upon delivery but can become a little dry if you leave in the fridge
Undoubtedly, SLB has the highest effectiveness. While I was consistently eating it, I could yield 30% more during the day, and twice as much during the night's power pump. A few other mummies I know swear by it too - one TMC mummy ate 3 pieces and became engorged after cos it really boosted her milk like crazy!
🔥 Disclosure: I was sponsored three months worth of supply by them, and three of my friends (not working in or for SLB) gifted me several packets as well, including the sweetest @fionasoh
😋 What I would repurchase: their cookies and brownies! While I love the cookie cups most, I find them a little too pricey for my budget and would rather spend it on the cookies instead. For the brownies, it's quite a big chunk per piece so I typically cut it up into 4 smaller pieces so that makes 4 servings heh.
Happy Mama Oats
Products: Lactation smoothies, teas and oats
4/5 for the smoothies
3/5 for the lactation home brewed tea
2/5 for the oats
🔥 Disclosure: I was sponsored 1 set to try and review.
😋 What I would repurchase: the lactation smoothies for sure! Not the oat packs, cos I have the ingredients to just pour and my own, but their smoothies are so unbelievably yummy (I love the texture) and helped me to yield about 20% more the next pump.
Taste: I hated the taste cos it was dry and almost tasteless to me. Personally felt it had the worst taste out of all the brands! I was just eating it for the sake of finishing the packet to not waste food / my friend's money.
Effectiveness: 1/5 cos it did absolutely nothing for me. My yield only went up when I ate this together with SLB cookies lol whut
🔥 Disclosure: #notsponsored but my best friend gifted this to me for Christmas
😋 would not repurchase at all.
Products: overnight lactation oats, cookies and fruit smoothies
Appearance: very gorgeous packaging and due to its bright colours, looks very appealing to consume!
4/5 for lactation oats
I tried making my own but couldn't make it anywhere as yummy as theirs, but I don't know what their secret ingredient is!!
3/5 for cookies
The cookies are quite big and filling. 1 piece is enough lol.
5/5 for fruit smoothies
My fav are their avocado ones!
🔥 Disclosure: was sponsored one set of oats and smoothies which arrived on the exact day I gave birth LOL so I didn't get to eat it in the end due to the confinement ban on cold foods and mangoes. Gave them to my family in the end. So I bought another batch with my own money to do a proper review! This time #notsponsored
😋 I would repurchase: their lactation oats and smoothies, again and again! Really super yummy. I kept trying to make it myself but it doesn't taste nowhere as good!
Tried more flavours this time, it being my third order from milking cow!
Verdict: not a fan of the mango smoothie. Strawberry was not bad, but avocado is still the best tasting! Having said that, I brought the mango and strawberry bottles and they gave me crazy increased yield during my Batam holiday, and I pumped 90ml FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.
(caveat : might have also been cos I was on holiday = good mood = more milk. Who knows?)
Products: lactation cookies, granola
3/5 for cookies
If you like big crunchy cookies that are crunchy on the outside, then you might like these. Personally I prefer thinner and more crispy cookies so I deducted 1 point due to my preference haha.
4/5 for granola
The chocolate granola was quite yummy but not filling enough for my usual breakfast I feel.
Effectiveness: 2/5 cos it didn't really work for me :(
🔥 Disclosure: I was sponsored one of their Rojak Set to try.
😋 I would repurchase: the granola.
Products: soft fudgey brownies
You know when they say never judge a book by a cover? Well, never judge a brownie by how it looks! This one looks super unassuming but one bite and I was in heaven. Totally loved it! I put mine in the fridge to eat it chilled and it gives a melt-in-the-mouth effect that way.
These are super potent omg. Some mummies get engorged with just 1 piece, but my magic number was 3 pieces.
My power pump the night before this was 20ml, and the night after when I took these brownies it went up to 60ml, so that's like a three-fold increase?!? Power!
🔥 Disclosure: I was sponsored a box to try as the owner is a regular reader of mine, and has been very encouraging too.
😋 I would repurchase: the brownies for sure! Super fudgey I really love the texture.
Products: cookies, cookie dough, lactation macarons, lactation bars
Look at how pretty these are, and the packaging! Totally perfect for a gift if pretty stuff like these make your new mummy friends happy :)
4/5 for marcarons
3/5 for cookies
4/5 for cookie dough
Didn't try lactation bars
I didn't really see much effect although my boobs felt a little fuller than usual. But I was super happy eating them for sure, haha.
😋 I would repurchase: for a friend, but not for myself. Really super pretty lah!!!
Lost my cookie photo cos I rebooted my phone during my period and some photos got lost, unfortunately. I ordered their lavender Earl grey and nutty pistachio cookies!
Shan's Lactation Cookies
Product: cookies and cake
Taste: 4/5 for cookies
These square cookies are quite thick too and have a stronger buttery taste than any of the other lactation cookie brands I've tried! Easily addictive so must control lol.
I didn't try their cakes.
Didn't really notice much change in my yield although my boobs did feel fuller.
😋 I would repurchase: only if I want butter cookies, otherwise, I'll prefer to go for SLB cookies instead
The Fussy Patissieres
(EHHHH so many campers?!? Okay I'll try to finish this post asap but brb I need to go run first 😅)
Product: cookies and brownies
5/5 for cookies, I LOVE their Earl grey and matcha sesame flavours!!!
3/5 for brownies, more suitable if you're a fan of thin and soft brownies.
Helped my yield by about 20% most days, provided I eat 4 to 5 cookies in one sitting.
🔥 Disclaimer: I was sponsored two tubs of cookies and one box of brownies to try. Bought another 3 tubs from them thereafter #paidwithmyownmoney cos I missed the Earl grey flavour so much!!!
😋 I would repurchase: the Earl grey and matcha sesame cookies. Enough said.
Bought this entire set with my own money, #notsponsored
Cash Cow: supposed to help thicken milk. It did thicken mine, but didn't increase yield. I took this with lecithin but still got blocked ducts cos the fatty milk couldn't come out, and it hurt like a beetch! Buyer beware if you're gonna try this cos make sure you do not skip any pumps and take lecithin or else...be prepared for potential blockages!
Liquid Gold: supposed to increase yield, but did absolutely nothing for me.
Am on Day 2 of Pump Princess now and have yet to try Milkapalooza, so I'll update this post again in the near future once I'm done with them!
(Sidenote: these supplements are so expensive though omg I really heart pain when I paid for these. And each bottle lasts for only 10 days (60 tabs). You can easily buy enough formula milk tins to last a month or more with the same amount sia!!!!!)
And, as per my usual style, I've asked those who have sponsored before if they could extend a promo code to you readers lest any of you wanna try it out for yourself too.
I don't get any money from sharing this k!!
🍼 HappyMamaOats.sg : sgbudgetbabe for 10% off
🍼 The Fussy Patisserie: BudgetBabe15 for 15% off
🍼 Milking Cow: SGBUDGETBABE10 for 10% off
(updated April 2019)
Legendairy Pump Princess did absolutely nothing for me. Sigh. One last bottle to test.
Also got to try a new brand, Gooberr! These cookies are very savoury and my favourite flavour from them is most definitely the Earl Grey chocolate which is surprisingly fragrant!
Products: organic lactation tea, lactation cookies
I love strawberries but liked it least out of their 3 flavours. Earl grey was my fav.
30ml without, 40ml with 10 cookies. Instructions are to eat 8 cookies. I tried 6 and 8 in separate sessions and had no effect till I upped consumption to 10 cookies. Each cookie is bite-sized!
Disclosure: I was sent this review pack to try.
Close up of their cookies
😋 I would repurchase the lactation tea (tea lovers will love these! No effect on my breastmilk though, but then again no nursing teas have worked for me) and Earl grey chocolate cookies.
All the oats were super yummy as usual. Each time I finish them I always think to myself, k I'm gonna make my own so I don't have to buy anymore...but I can't seem to replicate the taste and texture no matter how many times I try! My fellow Nov mummies also were unsuccessful lol.
Tried the new flavours by HappyMamaOats and I quite like the revamped recipe! The Brewer's Yeast taste isn't as strong anymore. Loved the Milo flavour, although the coconut remains my top pick haha (and the coconut red dates). Wasn't a fan of the Horlicks though.
Sunday, 17 Mar 2019
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