But, Carey started to struggle to produce milk; she wasn’t making enough and feared having to give up breastfeeding before she wanted to. She shared her frustration with friends who experienced similar struggles. They recommended lactation cookies.
“But, I didn’t want to eat cookies all day,” she admits. “I just didn’t understand why there wasn’t a wholesome, healthy lactation granola bar on the market.”
Despite the frustration of having to let go of breastfeeding her daughter before she wanted to , Carey was starting to think more seriously about creating a product to help mothers struggling as she was: a granola-like lactation bar to stimulate a mother’s milk supply.
“Breastfeeding is more encouraged now which is great,” Carey states. “But I know the impact on moms; if you can’t produce milk, you feel like you’re failing, and it shouldn’t be that way.”
Carey, ever the foodie, felt the itch to get back to baking and experimenting in the kitchen.
To do it well, she did tremendous research on galactagogues, foods or ingredients that promote or increase the flow of a mother’s milk supply, foods including (but not limited to) whole grains, like oat, black sesame seeds and flax seed.
And she spent just as much time then perfecting the recipes.
“It would have been easy to dump a lot of honey or sugar in these bars, but I didn’t want to do that,” Carey states. “I wanted a low sugar, high fiber bar that’s good for you, so you can take care of your baby and your body.”