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  • A Lactation Aid That's a Sandwich Spread? You Must Try It, Says Mom

    This mom was determined to boost her breast milk supply and was happy to know the spread worked!
    by Carol Amistad .
A Lactation Aid That's a Sandwich Spread? You Must Try It, Says Mom
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  • When I gave birth to my eldest, Zoey, almost five years ago, I absolutely knew nothing about breastfeeding. I just read the basics and relied heavily on what my mom and mother-in-law told me. I was able to successfully latch Zoey until she was 2.5 months old but it was supplemented with milk formula because I had very low supply.

    So when I got pregnant to my second child last year, I swore to myself that I will do (and eat) everything I can to boost my milk supply so I can breastfeed him up to 6 months (that’s already a milestone for me!).

    Aside from praying hard, I researched breastfeeding tips, read breastfeeding journeys of moms to inspire and encourage myself, and followed different Instagram accounts of lactation aids and supplements. I was determined to boost my milk supply that I was willing to try everything. I would invest on any lactation aid that had good reviews and feedback.

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    Among my favorites (above) were the chocolate brownies by Mommy Treats, crink oats and classic milking bombs by celebrity mom Bettina Carlo, the nutty oatbars of Sugar Sensation, and Mother Nurture’s 7-in-one malunggay choco mix. They did wonders! For a struggling breastfeeding mom like me, filling a 6-oz. bottle was bliss.

    Last month, I discovered these yummy lactation spreads from Ava's Kitchen (above). That’s right — lactation spread as in sandwich spread! I received a sampler set that came with free lactation pandesal (wow!). I got to try its six flavors, but I loved the Honey Almond Cream Cheese, Choco Hazelnut, and Pesto Cream Cheese.

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    And, yes, it was effective for me. I would have it Mother Nature choco mix, and I could fill two 6-oz bottles of breast milk every time I pumped at work.

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    So who’s behind the first (as far as I know) lactation spread in the Philippines? It’s Rodessa Villanueva-Reyes, the mom whom SmartParenting.com.ph featured after her photos of her DIY play kichen set went viral.

    This play kitchen set Dessa made for her daughter Audrey went viral in 2016.

    “Ava’s Kitchen is named after my firstborn, Ava, whom I lost in 2013. Her heartbeat stopped on my 38th week of pregnancy before I went into labor,” Dessa shares. “I promised her that even if she was gone too soon, I will make sure she will never be forgotten.”

    Dessa, now a mom to two toddlers, Audrey and Damien, was blessed with an abundant breast milk supply when Ava passed away. That's when she began donating breast milk, and Smart Parenting even wrote about it. That was when the idea to make a spread (pesto cream cheese was the first one she made) filled with galactagogues first came to her.


    The bread spread idea became handy when she gave birth to daughter Audrey. “I needed to prepare a quick meal because I got hungry most of the time after breastfeeding,” says the stay-at-home mompreneur who has no yaya, helper, or driver. “So I thought that a sandwich with spread partnered with hot chocolate drink was perfect. Just grab a bread, spread, and eat!”

    While lactation spreads and other supplements packed with galactagogues can help promote the flow of breast milk, Dessa has this advice for nursing moms: “Keep on latching and pumping. It’s a demand and supply thing. The more frequent you latch your baby, or the more you pump, the more your body will recognize that there’s more demand thus it will make more milk.”

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