For new moms who have struggled with the ups and downs of breastfeeding, lactation cookies can be an easy remedy to empty tank syndrome. These cookies are an all-natural cure for a low milk supply AND they have added nutrients to pass along to baby. What better way to conquer breastfeeding blues than a delicious dessert?
How does it work?
Lactation cookies harness the powers of galactagogues (which is a complicated word for foods that naturally boost milk supply). Most lactation cookies use ingredients like whole rolled oats, brewer's yeast, and flax seed, which combine for great results in breastfeeding. Oats are a traditional galactagogue that have worked for moms all over the world for centuries—what a reputation! Brewer's yeast not only aids in milk production, but it's also a natural stress reducer and boasts healthy doses of B vitamins that give you a nice energy lift. Flax seed provides omega-3 fatty acids (important for baby's brain health) which transfer to your little one through your now abundant breast milk. Win-win-win!
Try it out!
We love the idea of treating yourself while making breastfeeding easier. Seriously, how many times in your life will you be encouraged to nosh on a cookie a day? So, take advantage and enjoy!
To get you started, here are a few companies dishing out these yummy baked goods:
Milkmakers deliver their lactation cookies to your door and offer cookie subscriptions so you don't have to worry about re-buying them each month. Emily Kane, founder of the company, really wanted to help working moms who struggle with the stresses of milk supply and pumping. Her recipe is all-natural, and Milkmakers offers a variety of flavors including a dairy-free option for mom's with specific dietary needs.
Making Mama's Milkhas a wonderfully personal story behind their brand. The founder and owner of the company began as a young mother who felt there was little information provided to her about breastfeeding or its complications like low milk supply. She created her company to fill that gap and help women like herself enjoy breastfeeding. She calls the milk produced from her organic, dairy free lactation cookies “liquid gold” and we have to agree that the gold standard is best for every baby.
Yummy Mummy Cookiesbegan withtwo moms who each encountered their own struggles with breastfeeding. Hoping to save other mothers the trouble, Ami (a trained nutritionist) and her business partner Jessica turned their breast milk woes into their own cookie company. What's great about Yummy Mummy is the abundance of unique flavors including Lovely Lemon Poppy Seed and Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip.
If you're feeling ambitious and want to take a stab at baking your own lactation treats, here are a couple recipes for making the milk-magic happen.
Now get pumping!