Milk and cookies

Samples of Boobie Bikkies arrive for evaluation

Samples of Boobie Bikkies arrive for evaluation

For about two months now I’ve been consulting for a very unique product.

I'd first heard about it a few years ago, when I had answered a quick question that Pinky McKay’s team had asked me about ingredient labelling on her biscuits. Pinky McKay is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and best-selling author. Since then her cookie business has been booming and now, many a breastfeeding mother knows about “Boobie Bikkies”. They are an all natural biscuit/cookie, incorporating some special ingredients that reputedly help new mothers produce “more mummy milk, naturally”.

When I was approached by the business to work on their product I was truly intrigued. At the time I was a breastfeeding mother myself, and had long been interested in using nutrition for health.

Analysing countless biscuit samples — a tough job

Analysing countless biscuit samples — a tough job

In terms of nursing my baby, I had struggled at the beginning with establishing my supply, correct latching, pain that made me wince and cry, and insanely frequent and lengthy feeds. Eventually it got easier, and after 17 months my son decided to wean himself, so those breastfeeding days are now behind me. But if there were to be a second time round, I would reach for a packet of these, even if just for the energy boost.

I was quite excited by this project for many reasons. I love to bake, especially with natural ingredients (and I am a qualified pastry chef); a very methodical and analytical approach was needed (which I actually enjoyed from my food science and food technologist work in the past); I believe in the benefits of breastfeeding but understand firsthand how difficult and stressful it can be; I like the idea of working on something that could ease the burden for new mothers; and I have a keen interest in anyone doing something natural, organic or traditional. The Boobie Bikkies project provided all of this. It was ideal for me.

Some of the bench samples I reformulated and baked 

Some of the bench samples I reformulated and baked 

There is so much involved in perfecting a recipe  so many factors come into play. It’s crazy how the smallest change to one ingredient in a cookie recipe can throw the whole thing out. During my research I came across one lady who had made 75 versions of chocolate chip cookies before she was satisfied. I don’t ever plan on getting to version 75, but it’s fascinating to see how much work goes into a single product.