In honor of Mother’s Day, milkmakers is launching a program in which 5 percent of all sales in May will be donated to Open Arms Perinatal Services, an innovative Seattle-based nonprofit that serves women and families through the transformational time from pregnancy though birth and into early parenting.
May 2011 (Seattle, WA) – milkmakers, a Seattle-based baking company that makes lactation cookies to support nursing moms in their efforts to provide an abundant supply of breastmilk to their babies, is donating 5 percent of all sales of its cookies in May to Open Arms Perinatal Services in honor of Mother’s Day on May 8th.
Open Arms embraces a world that cherishes birthing women, their babies, their families, and their communities. The mission of Open Arms is to provide services that support, educate, respect, honor, and empower women and their families from pregnancy through birth and into early parenting. Most of the women served by Open Arms have little to no support available from other sources. milkmakers founder Emily Kane is passionate about their cause – she has volunteered with Open Arms since 2009, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
“Open Arms fills a big void in communities by giving mothers the support they need to become empowered, confident parents,” Emily says. “Becoming a parent – whether it’s for the first time or if there are other children – is a life-changing moment. It’s hard enough for families with strong resources and support to navigate that transition. But for a woman facing financial pressures, domestic violence, cultural or language barriers, or who simply finds herself socially isolated, this transition can be incredibly difficult and even traumatic.”
Open Arms Perinatal Services provides community-based services, which recognizes culture and language as important and provides a partner for members of the community to identify needs and goals for resolving those needs. This model has proven to be very effective, for both new mothers and for women who find work serving other women from their community in this way. Open Arms has the capacity to serve women in fifteen different languages including English. Open Arms has seen the positive impacts of their programs, including lower health care costs and higher breastfeeding rates. But sometimes the result of good support is simply that a mother can welcome her baby with joy.
To view a video of one mother helped directly by Open Arms, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVnW1Rw0LHI. For more information about Open Arms Perinatal Services, please visit http://www.openarmsps.org.
Through Mother’s Day, milkmakers is offering 30% off all subscription orders of the original chocolate chip oatmeal cookie, the dairy-free oatmeal raisin cookie, or a variety pack. To receive information about further promotions, sign up to receive the milkmakers newsletter at www.milkmakers.com.
milkmakers is a Seattle-based baking company whose unique cookies help nursing moms provide a plentiful supply of breastmilk to their babies. Emily Kane, a working mother of three who was looking for a way to increase her own breastmilk supply after the birth of her first daughter, experimented with traditional remedies and recipes to create milkmakers lactation cookies. Her chocolate chip cookies and dairy-free oatmeal raisin cookies contain oats, brewer’s yeast and flax seed, which have been shown to provide nutrients that benefit the health of both nursing mothers and their babies. The essential fatty acids available in milkmakers cookies give moms the B-complex vitamins that aid with mood stability; fiber to help with regular digestion; protein to aid with muscle re-strengthening; and iron to replenish possible iron depletion from pregnancy. Babies that drink the breastmilk of moms with these nutrients benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids for their own brain development, as well as the protein and fat necessary for growth. To find out more information about milkmakers, or to place an order, visit www.milkmakers.com. Also available on the company’s website are links to additional resources for breastfeeding moms, as well as suggestions for finding a lactation consultant and dietician.