If you are battling with low breast milk supply you may have heard about Lactation cookies. As a postpartum and infant care doula supporting families in the GTA and beyond, I am often supporting breastfeeding people with increasing their milk supply, however, I rarely make lactation cookies. The truth is, I’m always so disappointed with recipes I have find online.
Why is it so hard to find a good lactation cookie recipe? Why are lactation cookies always dry, bitter and crumble into dust?
Finally, I had an Eureka moment!
I think every family has a traditional chocolate or raisin cookie recipe that is passed around as “THE BEST” cookie recipe. It’s delicious and soft and melts in your mouth! So why not slightly tweak that recipe to keep the soft texture, rich flavour AND make it breast milk production supportive?
Wondering what the magic ingredient is in lactation cookies?
The answer is Galactagogues. Galactagogues are either a food, herb or medication that help to boost the production of milk in humans and other lactating mammals. In lactation cookies the most commonly used galactagogues used are: brewer’s yeast, flax seed, wheat germ, and whole oats.
Where I think most people go wrong is that they try to use all 4 ingredients in the same recipe which dries out the cookie and gives it a bitter taste.
Secondly, they don’t add enough of what I call “soften ingredients”. So my rule: Keep it simple! Use just 2 (maybe 3) galactagogues so you don’t lose the taste and dry out your cookies. Sure, you will have less galactagogues in each cookie, but that just means you have an excuse to eat an extra cookie a day!
It is important to note that as a professionally trained postpartum doula, I DO NOT recommend all breastfeeding/chestfeeding people consume supplements, teas, cookies, or other lactation producing concoctions UNLESS it has been confirmed by an IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) or a healthcare professional that they do in fact have a low milk supply. You don’t want to accidentally cause an oversupply as this has its own issues for parent and baby, such as engorgement, clogged ducts and a colicky baby.
(Vegan friendly option: replace the 2 eggs with a 1/2 cup of mashed banana)
Sarah Baker is a the co-owner of Lifetime of Love Doula Services. She has been supporting families for almost a decade as a birth doula, postpartum & infant care doula and childbirth educator. She is mom to three boys, twins and a singleton.