Many women who breastfeed worry about the challenge of keeping their milk supply high enough to meet baby’s needs. For most of these mothers, simply increasing the frequency of feedings, or adding some pumping after the feedings, will provide enough added stimulation to build plenty of supply. But for a few moms, it seems that the “supply and demand” equation falls short of the goal. They begin to seek other methods of increasing their milk supply, and in their search they may run across a popular recipe for a special little treat called Lactation Cookies. While it is generally believed that there are no particular foods that will create a better milk supply for everyone, it is possible that a handful of food products can act as galactogogues for some.
Finding out for sure whether a food such as Lactation Cookies works or not would require a carefully controlled study, and to date, no such research has been conducted. However, there are personal accounts by many women who claim that various foods have helped them achieve higher milk production levels, and the cookies are mentioned as a benefit by quite a few. It is believed that the active ingredients in the cookies are the oats, the flaxseed meal, and the brewer’s yeast. While it is possible that the reported increases in milk supply are due to a placebo effect, the possibility that these ingredients can enhance production is intriguing. There are many other foods listed on the MOBI Motherhood International website that may also be lactogenic. The main thing to remember is that no food product will increase supply if the rate of stimulation of the breasts is not also increased.
The recipe for the Lactation Cookies is included below, and the yield from this recipe is at least four dozen cookies. The ingredients such as brewer’s yeast can be found in Fresno at Kristina’s Natural Ranch Market. Most people who have tried them recommend that three or four cookies be eaten per day for best results. Whether or not they work to build supply, it is generally a consensus that they are delicious, so moms typically are happy to try them and hope for the best. As always, if there are real doubts about the progress of breastfeeding for any mother and baby, it is best to seek help from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
* 1 cup butter
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups oats
* 1 cup chocolate chips
* 2-4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1.Preheat oven to 350°.
2.Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
3.Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
4.Add eggs and mix well.
5.Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
6.Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
7.Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
8.Stir in oats and chips.
9.Scoop onto baking sheet.
10.Bake for 12 minutes.
11.Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.