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  • Writer's pictureLeticia Lugo

Do Lactation Cookies Help To Boost Breast Milk Production?


Lactation cookies are a popular remedy for increasing breast milk supply. Although there is limited scientific evidence to support their effectiveness, many mothers have reported positive results.



The ingredients in lactation cookies, such as oats, brewer's yeast, and flaxseed, are believed to help stimulate milk production. However, it's important to note that every woman's body is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's always a good idea to consult with a lactation consultant or healthcare provider for personalized advice.


What Are Lactation Cookies?


Lactation cookies, bites, and snacks are a convenient way to have milk supply on the go. They are usually made with galactagogues and other ingredients to stimulate breastmilk production.


However, not all cookies are made the same. Many on the market are filled with sugars, artificial flavors, low-quality ingredients, and little to no milk-supporting nutrients.


The best lactation cookies to eat are ones that help increase and nourish your milk supply, while also fueling your body. Look for no-bake, superfood bites made from high-quality ingredients.



What are the Common Ingredients in Lactation Cookies?


Here’s a quick breakdown of some specific ingredients commonly found in lactation cookies:


  • Brewers Yeast: This ingredient is a source of B vitamins, chromium, selenium and protein. It does not contain B12, but the other B vitamins in there may help to boost energy and support the nervous system. It is also said that it can help with digestion and keep your skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver healthy.


  • Flaxseed: Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. It contains vitamins E and B, calcium, iron, and potassium. It can be used to help keep your digestive system regular and prevent irritable bowel syndrome. It may also lower blood glucose and improve insulin tolerance.


  • Oats: A great source of soluble fiber, oats help to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, which helps to avoid spikes in your blood sugar levels. They are also a great source of magnesium as well as other vitamins & minerals so it’s a great idea to have them as part of your diet anyway!


  • Wheat Germ: This ingredient contains zinc, which is a must for breastfeeding moms. Zinc aids the immune system and even helps to protect cracked nipples, a common occurrence when breastfeeding.


  • Galactogogues: One of the most common ingredients found in lactation cookies, galactogogues are herbs and foods that are known to increase milk supply.


What Other Foods Should Breastfeeding Moms Eat?


As a breastfeeding mama, you have no many important nutritional needs so that both you and your baby can feel at your best. When you are breastfeeding, it is important to eat a variety of foods to make sure you get enough nutrients for you and your baby.


Other food suggestions: dark leafy greens, fish, nuts, avocado, eggs, bananas, and sweet potatoes among other foods to help with your vitamin and mineral intake. Incorporating foods such as squash, lentils, and corn will also help with your diet.


Galactagogues are essential to increase the production of breast milk, so make sure to add some chickpeas, oatmeal, and papaya to your diet to see the benefits. Don't forget to eat foods high in protein, healthy carbohydrates, and iron to help keep you full and energized in your breastfeeding diet.


Homemade No-Bake Lactation Cookies and Bites Recipe


Wanting to make DIY lactation bites at home? Here’s a quick and easy Sweet Potato Lactation Bite recipe to make using our Nourishing Lactation Powder!


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups steamed sweet potato

  • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut

  • 1 cup almonds

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 tbsp ground flax

  • 1 ½ scoops Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 2-3 drops Stevia

  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend

  2. Transfer dough to a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour

  3. Once chilled, begin scooping out your bites. Roll them into balls and then roll them in any topping you want, such as shredded coconut.

  4. Enjoy! You can store your bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.



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