Product Review: Freida’s Pantry Breastfeeding Bars

Yes, you read thfreidas barsat right: breastfeeding bars, not breastfeeding bras! Both staples in every new Mum’s arsenal, but perhaps you didn’t know about the former yet?

Well I’m here to show you the way, dear busy and tired and energy-less new Mummy! All courtesy of these yummy snacks from Freida’s Pantry.

Sometimes, you have to take in more calories than you feel like eating to stay healthy, whether it’s during pregnancy or afterwards. Sharon, the founder of Freida’s Pantry breastfeeding bars, had what she describes as a “traumatic birth experience” whereby she was left not being able to consume the necessary calories needed to breastfeed after birth. Breastfeeding can require up to 500 extra calories a day, and for those Mums like me who have smaller appetites and find big meals, erm, difficult to swallow, getting those extra cals can be a challenge.

nuts and seed barsBecause her under eating meant that she wasn’t producing enough milk, her midwives recommended that she top up her breastfeeding with formula milk, which is something Sharon didn’t want to do.

Luckily her Mum came to the rescue with a great post-birth and nutrient-rich recipe to help her recover from the birth, produce more milk and stay nourished for both her and her newborn.

That recipe, using ingredients and wisdom from Asian cuisine, would form the basis of the nut and seed bars she sells today. The varieties available are designed to encourage a healthy pregnancy, help women recover from birth, replenish energy levels and help establish breastfeeding and milk supplies afterwards.

My review of the bars + ingredients & nutritional info

I’m writing this from a more unusual perspective; at 36 weeks I’ve not popped the babe out yet, so I’m obviously not breastfeeding and can’t comment on the bars’ ability to help mothers lactate. (For testimonials on the bars increasing milk flow, see here.)

But I am enjoying the ‘Tasty & Nutritious Super Charged Bars‘ that are one of three products available, and I’m enjoying them on a regular basis! This one is specifically designed for pregnancy, and as any preggo knows, any help increasing energy during pregnancy is much appreciated!

At almost 200 calories a pop and with 10 grams of healthy fats (i.e. the kind you and your baby want not the kind you find in chips and cake), they are also a great way to up my nutritional requirements without having to resort to nutrition-less food or giving myself a poorly tummy from eating too big a meal.

The taste test

The bars have a great texture – not too chewy, not too crunchy, just a good mix of both which makes for a satisfying munch. They are also healthy tasting without being boring – i.e. the sweetness level is just right and satisfies the mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack attacks that I tend to suffer from 😉

The Feeding Food bars have fennel in them, which is quite a strong taste and one that I know some people don’t prefer. I will lap up anything licoricey and like the unusual flavour, but it’s something to think about it you don’t  particularly like that taste.

Ingredients + Nutritional info

All ingredients are ethically sourced, and are organic where possible.

Super Charged Food Bars – A mix of oats, seeds, almonds, oil, quinoa, pistachios, raisins and goji berries. 186 calories, 9.7g fat (0.9g saturated), 4.4g protein per bar.

Feeding Food – Oats, nuts, raisins, linseeds, oil, quinoa, sunflower kernels, chia and fennel seeds. 186 calories, 9.4g fat (0.8g saturated), 4.2g protein per bar.

Overall Verdict

I love the philosophy behind Freida’s Pantry, and definitely see a market for a nutrition-packed product that is nourishing whilst also filling and especially crafted for Mums-to-be and new Mums. My go-to snack is usually a cereal bar, but I know that most on the market are really just glorified biscuits, with very little in the way of nourishment or sustenance.

BREASTFEEDING BARS (2)These bars, on the other hand, are packed full of ingredients that both Mum and baby can benefit from, and I’m really excited to try the breastfeeding bars once baby is born and I need an extra boost to help encourage healthy milk supplies. I think these bars will go far!

Whatever stage of the journey you’re at, there’s a bar for you – Fertility, Super Charged (for pregnancy and beyond) and Breastfeeding. You can shop the range – or order a monthly subscription – here. 

Disclaimer: I was sent a box of Freida’s bars in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own; I only endorse products and companies I like. 

Learning to Trust Your Body in Pregnancy & Labour

When touring the birth centre on Monday (more to come on that), the midwife mentioned that many couples using hypnobirthing print out images or words to put on the wall during labour. I love the idea of having positive images to focus on and immediately Googled ‘hypnobirthing images’ when I got home. I found these beautiful mantras (from trustbreathebirth.com.au) that really spoke to me:

On Trust

The ‘I trust birth’ image is particularly poignant for me. During a yoga class earlier on in my pregnancy, the teacher told us to ‘Trust in your body, trust in your baby’, and ever since that class this has become my mantra whenever I have felt overwhelmed or anxious about the birth.

 

 

I know it won’t take all of the pain away, but it will take away my mental anxiety, which I have no doubt contributes to much of the pain women feel during labour.

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From now on, I shall both listen and trust my body. It knows how to grow, build and host a baby; I’m pretty sure it knows how to birth one 🙂

Do you have a hypnobirthing mantra? I’d love to hear it.

Dear baby (a letter to my unborn child)

Hi baby. Are you ok in there? You’re certainly wriggling around and letting me know when you’re not comfortable. I’ve learned not to rest my book on my belly when I’m reading, or stand too close to the saucepan when I cook, because you don’t seem to like that. You do seem to like loud music and when I work out in the mornings. Perhaps you’ll be a dancer or a musician.

Dear baby, I’m still calling you “baby” because we don’t know whether you’re a sweet little girl or boy yet. If you’re a boy, I need you to help me choose your name. You have no idea the number of hours I have struggled with this. Give me a sign when I meet you, ok? But if you’re a girl, I know exactly what I want to call you, though I know all that might change when I see your face. When I see your face! I absolutely can’t wait. Every day is one step closer to cuddling with you.

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Your daddy is especially excited about the cuddling part – he keeps making space for a fictional you when we’re curled up in bed. He held another baby girl last weekend at a wedding, and he looked equal parts delighted and terrified. I know he’ll be great though, if not a little nervous at times about your safety. I’ll make sure he doesn’t completely cover you in bubble wrap though. My wish for you is a life full of adventure and experiences.

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33 Weeks Pregnant (& why this week feels like a milestone)

So here I am, 33 weeks pregnant! I remember a few months ago when this time felt like it would never come. Not because I was impatient or eager for it to arrive (I wasn’t, I’ve needed the whole time to prepare myself mentally, physically and spiritually for this huge life change!), but because it just seemed so far away. I’d look at the girls in my pregnancy yoga class who were 30+ weeks along, thinking that they seemed like Goddesses – able to even get themselves to yoga that far along and hold all the poses?! It’s funny to think that they’re babes will now be a few months old, and their pregnancies probably feel like an age ago.

Soooo, how does it feel to be 33 weeks pregnant?

I have to say that, while the other weeks seem to arrive without much noticeable difference to the previous one, this week has felt markedly different.

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