Planning on baking a smorgasbord of treats for the upcoming holidays? Why not add some lactation cookies into the mix? Even if you're not currently breastfeeding, they'll make a sweet gift for someone who is!
Everyone seems to be buzzing about lactation cookies these days. They are delicious and contain nutritious ingredients like oats, flax, and yeast that can help support a nursing mother's milk supply. However, it is important to note that the BEST way to encourage a healthy supply is frequent skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding on demand. Also, know that milk supply can be significantly affected if baby's latch is not efficient at removing the milk from the breast. If you are experiencing pain while breastfeeding or if you have noticed a drop in your supply, especially if your baby is under 3 months old, consider getting the latch evaluated by one our lactation professionals.
We love this recipe because it is very easy to customize to individual tastes. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients - add spices (fennel is a strong spice yet good for increasing milk supply), other extract flavors, nuts, raisins, or dried fruits.
For a vegan cookie, substitute coconut butter and "flax eggs." To make 1 flax egg, whisk 1 tbsp milled flax seed with 3 tbsp warm water and let sit for 10 minutes or until thick and viscous like an egg would be. For a gluten-free cookie, you can substitute gluten-free flour or coconut flour but note that the texture will be a bit different.
Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that lactation cookies will boost every nursing mother's supply - there are hormonal, emotional, and physical factors involved in milk production that cannot be addressed by simply eating cookies, no matter how delicious they might be. Remember to consult a lactation professional if you are dealing with challenges on your breastfeeding journey. She will be able to address your concerns and help you formulate a plan to reach your individual goals.