Lactation cookies: a tasty way to better milk supply?

One thing that is always at the top of a breastfeeding mom’s mind? Milk supply. It’s only natural to be concerned about baby’s nutrition and if he or she is getting enough to eat. If supply starts to decrease, many moms swear by lactation cookies because the natural, whole ingredients provide a powerful punch of nutrients. Here’s our guide to these sweet treats and easy recipes you can make at home. 

Why lactation cookies?

According to the Center for Disease Control, 60% of women do not breastfeed for as long as they’d like. Many reasons may influence this, like certain medications, issues with latching, unsupportive work polices, or lactation struggles. Many moms turn to lactation cookies in an effort to boost their milk supply naturally. 

How do they work?

Lactaction cookies contain galactagogues, which is a type of lactogenic food or herb that may help boost milk supply in nursing mothers. It’s important to note that its track record of success is largely anecdotal, but if you’re struggling to maintain your milk supply, it doesn’t hurt to try increasing your galactagogues. 

Examples of galactagogues include:

  • Whole grains, like oatmeal
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Brewer’s yeast (the most common ingredient in cookies)
  • Wheat germ
  • Flaxseed meal

Where can I find them?

If you’re not in the mood for baking your own, you can buy boxed cookies (like these from Milkmakers, Milk Bliss, or Momma’s Simply Good). If you believe the best things in life are homemade, you can buy pre-made cookie mix (try Mommy Knows Best) or these recipes below:

Oatmeal cookies from The Best Ideas for Kids
No-bake cookies from A Mother Thing
Dark chocolate almond butter lactaction bars from The Cocina Monologues
Chocolate chip cookies from Say Grace Blog
Banana nut muffins from Amanda Fontenot
Cookie dough bites from Nutritionist Review

Do I have to keep them away from other family members?

Absolutely not! These nutrient-dense treats are safe for the whole family. Don’t worry, your family members won’t start magically producing milk after eating these. You may want to set some aside for yourself though just to ensure you’ll have enough. 

How many can I eat?

Like everything else, moderation is key. It’s best to start with 2-3 cookies per day (or what the serving size says on a box) and see if you see an improvement. If you’re not seeing any changes, try a few different recipes or a pre-made lactation cookie mix. Above all else, you should consult with a doctor or a lactation specialist who can help you succeed. 

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