When is a cookie not JUST a cookie? When it’s a bona-fide boobie filling lactation cookie, that’s when!
As any mother will tell you, worrying about your breastmilk supply is at the very top of the list of new mummy concerns. Am I making enough milk? Is my newborn getting enough of the good stuff? Add in a healthy helping of sleep deprivation and post-birth hormones and it’s not surprising that there’s a very real chance of tears.
Want the good news? The vast majority of women can and do make enough milk to feed their baby. If your baby is feeding regularly and having plenty of wet nappies (and the occasional poo) then chances are good that they’re getting enough. And if low milk supply IS a concern, it can generally be rectified with help and support from a breastfeeding professional. Sometimes though, even with a healthy, established supply, you might feel as if you need a little boost.
Newborn going through a growth spurt and spending 23 hours a day attached to the boob? Long night with a toddler perma-latched and feel like you’re running on empty (both in the energy AND milk department)? That’s where galactagogues or supplements that can help boost your supply come into the game.
Lactation cookies, teas and tonics might be the new kids on the breastfeeding block but the ingredients they contain have a long established history (the Ancient Greeks would often use herbs to help boost milk supply and treat infections like mastitis!) The most common galactagogues include fenugreek, brewer’s yeast, flaxseeds and oats. Conveniently, all ingredients that lend themselves to being baked into milk making cookies or biscuits!
Now the million dollar question; do lactation cookies actually increase breastmilk supply? They can help, absolutely, BUT they won’t be able to treat true low milk supply. The thing is, breastmilk production works on demand. The more you feed, the more milk you’ll make. It’s why experts recommend feeding your baby on demand while your milk establishes. In the early days, ‘the more boob, the better’ is the best motto to live by. Skin to skin, offering both breasts at each feed, feeding regularly throughout the night and pumping when necessary can also help.
If you’re doing the above and decide to introduce lactation cookies as a tasty (and nutritious) treat, you’ll be well on your way to a healthy supply. Added bonus, the pre-made lactation cookies and lactation cookie mixes that we stock are packed full of ingredients that help nourish new mamas.
Franjos Kitchen Lactation Cookies are all about making your “mooies milk” and giving mums a convenient hit of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, perfect when you’re struggling to even boil the kettle. Dairy and wheat free, and vegan friendly, they won’t upset little (or big) tummies and can be enjoyed alongside a cuppa.
And you don’t just have to take our word for it! Milkbar mamas LOVE Franjo's and have given them 5 stars.
“ I love these! Not too sweet and perfect size for a quick snack. Have definitely noticed a change in my supply.” Amanda
“Not only are these cookies yummy they also actually work! Found a noticeable increase in supply after eating.” Shana
"After having a very fussy baby for a couple of days and what felt like empty tanks, I ordered these cookies to help boost my supply. The cookies arrived the next day and taste delicious! I was expecting them to not taste too great, however I love them and now look forward to my daily ""treat"" that's also helping with my milk supply!” Lesley
If you’re more of a DIY kind of gal (or have a partner who loves to bake), we also stock a range of lactation cookie mixes from The Milk Pantry.Just add wet ingredients, mix, bake and you’re ready to rock and roll! No trip to the health food shop for brewer’s yeast required!
Got a hankering for a cookie while you’re waiting for your order to arrive? Give this quick and easy recipe a whirl.
Oatmeal Lactation Cookie Recipe
This recipe can be adapted to your taste (hello chocolate) or swap out ingredients such as replace butter with coconut oil. We would love to hear your recommendations in the comments below.
200g butter or coconut oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
3 tbsp of water
2 tbsp brewer’s yeast (NOT bread making yeast)
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
3 cups rolled oats
½ cup shredded coconut
1 ½ cups choc chips/dried fruit/nuts (mix ins of your choice)
Breastfeeding, especially in the early days is HARD WORK. Remember, it’s a learnt skill that takes time to master, for both you and your baby (they’ve never done it before either!) If in doubt, speak to a professional.
A qualified Lactation Consultant can make all the difference to your breastfeeding experience. And don’t forget, the Australian Breastfeeding Association runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline which is available 24/7 for anyone needing help or advice. Phone 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268) to speak to a counsellor.
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