How Lactation Cookies Boost Breast Milk Supply
Cookies for breakfast? Yes please! I can’t think of a better way to start the day than soft, chewy cookies packed full of nutrients, especially if you can wash it down with some rich, creamy coffee or hot chocolate – this, my friend, might be worth waking up for. No just kidding. We are moms. Nothing is worth waking up for. But if you are waking up at the crack of dawn anyway to a toddler who is bouncing off the walls, a delicious breakfast might make the morning less painful.
But with very limited scientific evidence that the ingredients in the cookies will help with milk production, are these cookies too good to be true? Do lactation cookies really help boost milk supply? Or is it all a placebo effect? To answer these questions, let’s take a deep dive into the world of lactation cookies.
What are the key ingredients in lactation cookies?
The milk boosting ingredients in lactation cookies are galactagogues, or natural substances that promote lactation in humans and animals. The main ones to include are:
Oats: Oats contain a high concentration of saponins. Saponin is an immune-stimulating compound that helps increase levels of prolactin, which is the hormone that enables milk production.
Flaxseed: Flaxseed contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These healthy fats help improve milk quality and possibly quantity. An increased level of these healthy fats in breast milk will boost your baby’s immune system.
Brewer’s Yeast: Brewer’s yeast is full of B vitamins, iron, protein, chromium, and selenium. Though there is no scientific proof that brewer’s yeast increases milk supply, it does help battle fatigue and support the overall health of a nursing mom.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil contains lauric acid and capric acid. These antimicrobial fats protect the body against harmful viruses, bacteria, yeast, and parasites; an increased level of these fats in breast milk will help support the baby’s immune’s system.
So, is it all in our heads?
While there is a lack of evidence supporting the effectiveness of lactation cookies in boosting milk supply, many moms swear by them anyway. I know I do! Eating lactation cookies along with practicing other milk supply increasing techniques definitely had pulled me out of a dry spell in the past. Breastfeeding moms need additional calories to maintain milk supply and trust me, I have no problem consuming additional calories. However, making sure that these additional calories are healthy for me and my baby proves to be difficult. Especially with a toddler to take care of on top of my baby, I am constantly on the go and need healthy snacks that are easy to throw in the diaper bag on a whim. Lactation cookies are perfect snacks to carry around, and if you have a clingy baby, these cookies are also easy to eat with one hand! Therefore, while it is inconclusive whether or not lactation cookies have magical milk increasing properties, one thing is for sure – they help support the health of a nursing mom, and in turn, her baby. And perhaps that knowledge alone is enough to give our milk supply a boost! Plus, this gives you an excuse to eat cookies, what are you complaining about?
How do I get my hands on these lactation cookies?
There are many lactation cookies sold in stores, but unfortunately, I have not yet found one that I liked. I find the texture usually too dry, or that the taste of brewer’s yeast is way too strong in the store-bought cookies. I have tried baking my own lactation cookies a few times, but I barely have the time to eat these cookies, let alone bake them. So, I was ecstatic when I heard one of my mom friends, Krista Fendrick, was starting her own business, Ryker Boobie Bites, baking delicious lactation cookies! She was nice enough to give me some samples, and after the first bite, I was hooked. I mean, just look at all the yumminess!
Come on, LOOK AT IT!
Ryker Boobie Bites offer 3 different flavors of lactation cookies – Ryker’s Original, Oatmeal Raisin, and Chocolate Oatmeal. The ones I tried were Ryker’s Original, which is their signature cookie made with a delightful blend of chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal. And let me tell you, I had a lot of trouble eating just one. Out of all the lactation cookies I have tried, I never tasted one so rich and chocolaty. One thing that really made these cookies stand out is the lack of aftertaste from brewer’s yeast. If you have not ever tried brewer’s yeast, it has a strong, unpleasant taste that is hard to mask. God knows I have tried when I baked my own lactation cookies. Somehow, Krista was able to pretty much eliminate the taste of brewer’s yeast from her cookies and leave you with cookies that are so delectable that I would suggest it to anyone! You don’t have to be lactating to enjoy such tastiness!
Now the key question – do these cookies really boost milk supply? I know, I just told you several times that there is no proof lactation cookies increase milk supply and that it’s probably all in our minds. Well, the mind is a powerful thing. After eating 2 cookies a day for 4 days, I had to actually stop myself from consuming these cookies for a couple of days. Since I don’t pump extra milk for storage and I just feed on demand, I was getting engorged from an overproduction of milk after eating these cookies. Whenever my let-down happened, milk literally shot from my nipples like water from a leaky water balloon, and my nursing pads were soaked. So, did the cookies work? You better believe it!
To learn more about Ryker Boobie Bites, I sat down with Krista and asked her a few questions:
1. How did you get the idea to make these lactation cookies in the first place?
Very simply, my son Ryker is the driving force behind me making lactation cookies. It all started when I was concerned about my milk supply, so I began to purchase commercial lactation cookies to help boost my supply. Unfortunately, I found them costly and distasteful. After extensive research aided by my background as a Physician Assistant, I soon collected a myriad of ingredients known to help boost a woman’s supply of milk. Some of them are very known to help with supply like brewer’s yeast and oatmeal and some of them were more archaic like chia seed, flaxseed, and walnuts. So I began to experiment with various recipes to hopefully find something that I could enjoy and also help me with my milk supply. After seven generations or so, Ryker’s Boobie Bites was born.
2. How many cookies should you eat per day?
After a lot of trial and error with myself, I found that eating two cookies a day was the best for me. However, I have noticed that a lot of moms vary from one to three daily to reach their desired milk goal.
3. How much more milk should you expect to get after eating your cookies?
Personally, after eating two cookies a day for a couple days, I noticed an increase of ten to twelve ounces above my normal milk supply. General feedback from moms that are eating my cookies experience anywhere from three to ten ounces above their normal production. Of course, there are exceptions and I always advocate for mamas to practice what I call “breastfeeding hygiene.” These are simple recommendations like drinking extra water, sleeping, de-stressing, etc, that play a large role in a woman’s milk supply. No matter how many cookies a mom eats, if she doesn’t take care of herself or practice good breastfeeding hygiene then her milk supply will suffer.
4. What’s your mission with Ryker Boobie Bites?
Our mission is to help moms in their breastfeeding journey. It’s a daily struggle, if I can make it less stressful, then my job is done. On a personal note, motherhood has blessed me and I want to share my experiences with other moms and babies.
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Lactation Cookies Giveaway Time!
Krista from Ryker Boobie Bites has generously agreed to help host a giveaway for her yummy lactation cookies! One (1) The Terrific Five reader will win ONE MONTH SUPPLY of lactation cookies – that’s 3 dozen cookies! And you get to choose the flavor! Contest ends 6/25/17. US only.
Do you find lactation cookies effective in boosting milk supply?