What are Lactation Cookies and How Do They Work?
Have you heard of lactation cookies and wondered what they are and how they work? If you’re a breastfeeding mom (or will be one day) they are something you’ll want to learn about.
Lactation cookies are delicious treats that can help you be successful with breastfeeding. Lactation cookies include a number of foods and herbs that can help boost and maintain your milk supply.
Anyone can eat lactation cookies. They are often quite tasty and full of good-for-you foods. So it’s fine if your husband or kids eat one. But for breastfeeding moms, they can provide an extra benefit to your milk supply. Lactation cookies and foods contain something called galactagogues, which promote lactation.
Galactagogues can be found in a variety of foods including oatmeal, spinach, fennel, flax meal, garlic, chickpeas, almonds, ginger, and papaya, just to name a few. They are also in fenugreek seeds, brewer’s yeast, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, anise seeds, and turmeric. So these are some ingredients you will see pop up in lactation cookies recipes and lactation smoothies or teas and other snacks for breastfeeding moms.
To go straight to the recipes in this post, go ahead and scroll to the bottom of the page;)
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Will Lactation Cookies Help My Low Milk Supply?
First off, concerns about whether you are making enough breast milk for your baby are incredibly common for breastfeeding mothers. And the good news is most moms are able to produce enough breast milk to meet their baby’s nutritional needs.
If you’re concerned about low milk supply, talk to your baby’s pediatrician right away or get in touch with a lactation consultant. For serious supply concerns, you’ll want to bring in the experts to protect your baby’s health.
And remember that the best thing you can do to increase your milk supply is to breastfeed often and on demand. When your breast is emptied your body knows to produce more milk. Make sure your baby has a good latch, is nursing well. And offer both sides at each feeding.
If your baby is struggling to latch or breastfeed successfully, a lactation consultant can help you determine how best to help in your unique situation.
If you and your baby have no serious breastfeeding concerns but you’re worried about making enough breast milk and want to try giving your supply a boost, or help maintain your supply when you return to work, lactation cookies are a great thing to try.
But Do Lactation Cookies Really Help Low Milk Supply?
The evidence supporting the use of lactation cookies to boost milk supply for breastfeeding moms is mostly anecdotal. The scientific support is limited and the support in favor largely anecdotes and old wives tales.
Most moms can breastfeed successfully without the use of herbs or milk supply boosters. And those with serious milk supply concerns need a lactation or medical professional to help them get to the root cause so they can address it and make sure it is not a serious health concern.
Which is why if you have serious concerns about low milk supply you need to seek out a lactation professional or doctor and not a cookie recipe.
But the anecdotal evidence for lactation cookies is abundant. And the foods generally nutritious. Lactation cookies can be a healthy snack for a nursing mom even if they don’t end up being a miracle cure for breastfeeding supply issues.
Even if lactation cookies just help you get a few more ounces for your baby of that liquid gold breast milk, they are certainly worth a try.
If you want to try lactation cookies, it’s a great idea to consult your doctor before taking any supplements for milk supply (or anything really), especially if you’re taking medications to make sure they will not interfere with your current health needs.
I am in no way trying to scare you off of lactation cookies, which I think are wonderful. But this is not a medical blog and I am not a lactation consultant. I’m a fellow mom. And I want to make sure all breastfeeding moms get the care and support they need from reliable sources.
For a blog by a certified lactation professional, I strongly recommend Milkology! You can see my interview with Stacey Stewart, the creator of Milkology here. And if you have questions about breastfeeding or pumping, her online breastfeeding class, and online pumping class are amazing resources for breastfeeding moms.
Now on to the recipes! Want to try making lactation cookies, lactation smoothies or other milk supply boosting treats at home? Check out these awesome recipes!
Lactation Cookie Recipes for New Mamas- Try Them All!
Oatmeal is in most lactation cookie recipes. And why not? It’s one of those galactagogues we were talking about. And it’s delicious in cookies. This recipe uses oatmeal and brewer’s yeast for a milk supply boost.
I like this recipe for lactation cookies because it’s simple and they taste good- like cookies! Plus the post itself has some great information on lactation cookies in general. Check it out!
This lactation cookie recipe closely resembles regular chocolate chip cookies you might make for your family. With a few extra ingredients added for a lactation boost. They are simple to make and tasty too.
I love peanut butter cookies! And these are delicious, lactation cookies or not. You’ll have to hide them from the rest of your family to make sure you have enough left for your milk boosting snack!
This post has 5 great tips for increasing milk supply with a lactation cookie recipe at the bottom. So, scroll down if you’re wanting to go straight to the recipe.
But then maybe go back to the top and read her other tips when you have a chance. It’s worth your time.
I love no bake cookies! These are really good and have a unique flavor. If you’d rather no bake your lactation cookies on the stove or you want a unique lactation cookie recipe, give these a try!
If you’re a breastfeeding mama whose baby has MSPI or another dairy allergy sensitivity you’ll be happy to find these dairy free lactation cookies!
And don’t be scared off by the dairy free. They’re delicious. I had a breastfed baby who couldn’t have dairy (she still can’t) and dairy free butter and chocolate chips taste as good as the real thing. No one will even know if you don’t tell them. And you won’t notice.
These lactation bites (sometimes you see recipes for boobie bites, these are similar) are an easy and delicious milk supply boosting treat.
Do check out the asterisk with notes about grinding up the fenugreek seeds.
When I was breastfeeding I was often starving! You’re still eating for two when you’re the source of all your baby’s nutrition.
These are great lactation cookies because they are delicious and super filling. A perfect snack for nighttime breastfeeding or other times of day when you need something filling fast. With the added benefit of a potential boost in milk supply!
The best of my favorite things, no bake cookies and peanut butter lactation cookies, these are also gluten and dairy free (and vegan).
These are good and safe for breastfeeding moms needing to avoid dairy and/or gluten (that was me!).
While not a lactation cookie recipe, lactation pancakes are a cool spin on milk boosting recipes. Especially if you are looking for something you can eat for a meal that will also help with milk supply.
I would actually love to see more lactation recipes that are real food. Cookies are awesome but it’s fun to try something a little different with similar benefits.
Want to Try Lactation Cookies But Too Busy to Bake?
Are you a breastfeeding mama but not a cookie baking mama? I get it! You’re tired, you’re busy and there just isn’t that much time in the day.
Or if you want a homemade feel to your lactation cookies without actually having to make them at home, there are some amazing lactation cookies and cookie mixes available on Etsy.
These are great options if you want a milk boosting treat but don’t have time or energy for from scratch baking. Save your time and energy for your baby when you’re overwhelmed and just get the store bought cookies;)
Lactation Smoothie Recipes for Breastfeeding Mamas
If lactation cookies aren’t for you or you just want to try something different, check out this superfoods lactation smoothie! Healthy, filling, and good for your milk supply, this is a great recipe for a breastfeeding snack.
Another lactation smoothie with fruit and protein. Perfect for breakfast and getting a nice healthy start to your day!
I’m big on the gluten free dairy free stuff because of my own experience as a gluten free breastfeeding mom with a child who couldn’t have dairy. So, it’s awesome to see all of these lactation recipes that fill that need for moms with MSPI babies.
Lactation Recipes for a Milk Supply Boost
As a breastfeeding mom, you have a lot on your plate. And you’re often tired, hungry and in need of a good snack. So, why not have something that could help boost or maintain your milk supply while you’re at it? Try these lactation cookie recipes and let me know what you think!
And remember if you have serious concerns about your low milk supply, get in touch with a lactation consultant. There is help available!. And you can have some cookies too;)
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