The Best Lactation Cookies to Boost Your Milk Supply Fast

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When your precious bundle of joy finally enters the world, feeding your newborn is one of your highest priorities as a new mom. And as those postpartum days roll on something devastating can happen… your milk supply can suddenly decrease.

This happened to me with all three of my kiddos for a variety of reasons and I endlessly scoured the internet looking for answers and fixes to help increase my breastmilk supply.

Back then there weren’t a lot of fixes and I ended up buying a lactation drink that did increase my supply but it didn’t taste that great and it was very expensive. It’s not even on the market anymore! Not sure what happened there.

The main ingredient in those little bottles of breastmilk magic was fenugreek. I probably could have done more to increase my supply simply by taking fenugreek capsules or drinking fenugreek tea.

Now boobie smoothies are hugely popular and I simply love them because they really help breastfeeding moms get the nutrition they really need while feeding two human beings!

What’s the Hype with Lactation Cookies

These special cookies are gaining in popularity with breastfeeding moms because they are packed with nutritian and super effective for boosting milk supply.

Why do lactation cookies work?

Lactation cookies will typically contain “galactagogues,” which are foods that may promote or increase the flow of mother’s milk. Ingredients like oats, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, and flax seed. That’s also a lot of fiber to help you stay regular.

Just be sure to be drinking lots and lots of water while breastfeeding! There isn’t a specific amount of water you should be drinking per day but make sure you’re never thirsty. (source)

The Best Lactation Cookie Recipes

Now the fun, and effective, thing to do to boost your milk supply is to bake up a batch of lactation cookies! Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

Here is the yummiest list of tasty cookies that you’ll feel great about eating.

Oh and if you’re not into baking ANYTHING, there’s a no-bake option in here too!

1 – The Basic Lactation Cookie Recipe

This recipe is a tasty foundation for most breastfeeding cookie recipes. You can add more fun ingredients to suit your taste. They are cookies after all!

Get the recipe here!

2 – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

This lactation cookie recipe by Genius Kitchen has all the goods you need plus the classic combination of chocolate chips and oatmeal!

Get the recipe here!

3 – Dark Chocolate and Coconut

These cookies are boasted by Country Cleaver as the Best Lactation Cookies! I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself but I think the dark chocolate certainly helps things along.

Try the recipe here!

4 – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Almond Butter

Bunsen Burner Bakery’s recipe honestly looks so yummy like old-fashioned chocolately peanutbutter cookies.

Get the sweet recipe here!

5 – Chocolate Chip and M&M’s

Yes, yes, yes… M&M’s! I’ve been waiting to see these little chocolate gems in one of these lactation cookies. After all, breastfeeding is hard work so M&M’s are in order for sure.

Get Exclusively Pumping’s recipe here!

6 – Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip

If you love white chocolate, you’ll love this flavor combination. Plus the cranberry adds a lovely tartness to the cookie you’ll love.

Grab Life with my Little’s recipe here!

7 – No-Bake Chocolate Chip Lactation Balls

This is frickin genius! Like myself, not every mom enjoys baking. Have you ever made those trendy no-bake energy balls? This recipe is basically that with those milk boosters inside.

Get Baker Mama’s recipe here!

8 – Classic Chocolate Chip

This recipe honestly looks just like my grandma’s simple chocolate chip cookies. If you love a classic chocolate chip cookie, you’ve got to try Mom365’s recipe.

Grab the recipe here!

Lactation Cookie Recipes with Dietary Restrictions

9 – Gluten-Free Lactation Cookie

Once again, another smart mom helping out the gluten free mamas! This recipe promises to be just as tasty minus the gluten ingredients. Plus, they have chocolate!

Get A Clean Bake’s recipe here!

10 – Dairy-Free Chocolate Lactation Cookie

I’m just getting more excited… this recipe is dairy free! If you can’t have dairy in your diet, no worries, this chocolate chip recipe’s got your back mama.

Get Tastes Lovely’s recipe here!

11 – Gluten and Sugar Free Lactation Cookie

If you are on a sugar free diet you probably thought lactation cookies were a no-go for your. Not now! Thanks to Instant Loss, you can enjoy the taste and benefits of this lactation cookie too.

Get the recipe here!

12 – Vegan Lactation Cookie

And finally there is a vegan recipe! Detoxinista whipped up this yummy, chocolately recipe for all the vegan mamas out there.

Get the recipe here!

13 – No-Bake with Vegan and Gluten Options

Here’s another no-bake option which are perfect for quick making and eating! And these delicious balls also have vegan and gluten free options thanks to Texan Erin.

Grab your recipe here!

14 – Classic Oatmeal Raisin (Gluten-Free)

If you love the classic flavors of an oatmeal raisin cookie, here you go! And this recipe has been adjusted to remove any gluten thanks to My Heart Beets.

Get the recipe here!

15 – Vegan Salted Chocolate Almond

You had me at salted chocolate! These fancy cookies promise to not only be delicious but are also totally vegan and gluten-free.

Grab Abbey’s Kitchen’s recipe here!

Final Thoughts on Lactation Cookies

There are many store bought lactation cookies you can simply buy online and that’s certainly an option. Just be aware that not only are these cookies outragously expensive, but they’re also typically filled with preservatives and other unbeneficial ingredeients.

The recipes shared in this post are not only easy, with a few no-bake options, but they’re also very cheap to make.

These lactation cookies promise not only to be super delicious but also boost your breastmilk supply! Also this list has tons of gluten-free, vegan, and even sugar free options. #pregnancy #breastfeeding #babies
Looking for tasty and unique lactation cookie recipes? These are perfect for all breastfeeding mom and have tons of gluten-free, vegan, and even no-bake cookies! #breastfeeding #babies #pregnancy

How to Increase Breastmilk: The Ultimate Guide for New Moms

One of the biggest concerns for new breastfeeding moms is how to increase breastmilk. I know this was the case for me when all three of my babies were born.

I struggled with low milk supply and many other breastfeeding challenges that I hope to prevent for other sleep deprived, frustrated, and confused moms.

How to increase breastmilk

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re not in the camp of moms who were instantly blessed with a steady flow of liquid gold for their new baby. Or you certainly wouldn’t be wasting your previous time reading this!

You’re probably dealing with long days and even longer nights searching for the best breastfeeding tips and wondering if your baby is getting enough milk.

When you do pump, you produce a few meager ounces. This can be frustrating and depressing. Can I offer you some friendly advice first? Do NOT go down that dark road. It leads to no where.

Keeping your mind on the positive and having a positive expectation goes a long way!

Boost Your Milk Supply

Each of the natural methods to boost your milk supply shared here are proven safe and will only help you. A few do have side effects so be sure to read those before trying any new supplements and checking with your Doctor.

Just remember that every woman’s body is different and there are never any guarantees. If you find that your body just doesn’t cooperate, know you’re NOT alone.

I formula fed all three of my babies after breastfeeding and they are three of the healthiest, brightest, and smartest kids I know… if I do say so myself.  

There is never any shame in feeding your baby in any way that’s needed or chosen by you… a loving mother.

Now, let’s explore all the ways to increase your breast milk supply naturally. But first I just want to say that I’m not a lactation expert. Just another mom who cares a lot and does a TON of research!

Read: Breastfeeding videos for new moms that are actually helpful.

How to Know if Your Milk Supply is Even Low

Boosting your milk supply can be a tricky thing because it’s hard to tell why your milk supply is low to begin with. You may be tempted to start pumping to see how much milk you can make.

This is not necessarily going to give you a good gauge because every baby’s milk needs are unique and you may be making just the right amount of milk for your baby. And babies are much more efficient at removing milk from the breast than a pump. Many pumps just don’t work well.

Many moms also think their supply is low because their breasts don’t feel full or their baby is very fussy all the time.

These can be caused by things other than low supply. First, breasts that produce plenty of milk will often never feel full which is totally normal. And secondly a fussy baby can be cause by many things like reflux.

3 clear signs that your milk supply may be low are:

  1. Your Baby is not gaining adequate weight. (Weight recommendations.)
  2. Your baby isn’t wetting enough diapers. A typical infant should be wetting at least 5 diapers in a 24 hour period from 5 days old and onward.
  3. Your baby isn’t soiling enough diapers. A typical newborn should be soiling at least 3 diapers per day beyond day 5. This is sometimes less or more depending on your baby.

If you suspect your milk supply is low and your baby isn’t getting enough milk, make an appointment with both your baby’s pediatrician and a certified lactation consultant right away.

Boosting your milk supply is something you’ll have to work at and most likely experiment with until you find something that works for your body. This isn’t an overnight process… nothing is with parenting.

You just need to decide what you want to do and stick with it until you see results. And get all the help you need because you and your baby deserve it!

Here are many proven and highly recommended methods you can try to boost your milk supply. Remember, most of these won’t work overnight, so try them for at least a week to see how your body responds.

Fenugreek Breastfeeding

Using Fenugreek to boost milk supply is one of the most popular ways breastfeeding moms are increasing their milk. It’s been shown to increase supply within 24-72 hours, but that, of course, may vary from mom to mom.

Fenugreek is an herb. Its primary uses are as an herb or spice in Indian and Persian cuisine and as a galactagogue for breastfeeding mothers.

Fenugreek is safe but shouldn’t be used by those who are diabetic, have a chickpea or peanut allergy, or have asthma.

There are many ways to use Fenugreek. Here are just a few of the easiest ways:

  1. Take in simple capsule form. The capsules generally come in 610mg and it’s recommended to take 2 capsules 3 times per day with food. That’s a total of 6 capsules per day. (Dosing source) | Here is a capsule that gets high ratings from breastfeeding moms.
  2. Take in a tea form. Many moms swear by Mother’s Milk Tea and is an easy way to take Fenugreek. It has a slightly sweet licorice taste.
  3. Take in a powder form. You can use Fenugreek powder to milk in lactation smoothies to pump up the nutrients you’re getting while breastfeeding. The only downside to using a powder is the high price tag.

Brewer’s Yeast Breastfeeding

Brewer’s yeast is another popular and effective supplement to boost a low milk supply. Though it’s not known exactly why brewers yeast helps increase breastmilk supply it also has some other good benefits such as lowering blood sugar levels for diabetics, may help lower cholesterol levels, and helps nourish skin and hair.

It’s also believed to elevate moods and feelings of mild depression. And with so many moms suffering from Postpartum Depression, it’s worth a try!

It also has some possible side effects such as upset stomach, cramps, and an increased risk of yeast infections.

You can take brewer’s yeast in a simple powder form. This brand of brewer’s yeast has hundreds of happy mom reviews! Just add 1-2 tablespoons to your favorite drink, lactation smoothie, or lactation cookie once per day.

More Breastfeeding Supplements

There are more, less common supplements to use for increasing your milk supply.

  1. Blessed Thistle
  2. Fennel
  3. Stinging Nettle
  4. Alfalfa
  5. Goat’s Rue
  6. Milk Thistle

Always talk to your doctor or a lactation consultant before taking any herbal treatments. For many centuries, herbal remedies have been used as medications. And, just like prescription drugs, herbs and plants can have side effects. And, depending on the preparation, some herbs can even be toxic.

Increase Breastmilk Through Pumping

You can also increase your milk supply through pumping. Also known as power pumping. The concept is simple, the more your baby nurses or you pump the more signals your body receives to tell it to produce more milk.

“If you want to boost your milk supply fast, power pumping can help by creating an artificially high demand for breast milk. By increasing the number of times you pump, you give your body the message to increase milk production.” — Helen Anderson, Chief Lactation Officer

Power pumping works great for moms who’ve already established their milk supply and noticed a dip in their supply or haven’t been able to nurse baby consistently for a number of reasons such as returning to work or a painful breast infection.

It also works for moms who are exclusively pumping as I did with my son. He was admitted in the hospital after 4 days old due to critically low bilirubin levels. I wasn’t even able to hold him more than a few minutes per day.

I had to start pumping right away for days and he never took to the breast so I decided to pump exclusively for as long as I could.

Power pumping helps to mimic cluster feeding which is a natural increase in your baby’s desire and need for milk. Which your body will naturally respond to with increased milk supply.

Power pumping really requires a time commitment. Basically, you’ll need to set aside an hour for your full power pumping session which will look like this:

  • You’ll pump both breasts for 20 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes

You can do this at least 2 times a day until you see your supply increase and then gradually reduce your power pumping sessions.

Foods to Increase Breastmilk

Aside from staying very hydrated by drinking lots of water during and in between nursing sessions, there are also foods that tend to help increase milk production. These are referred to as lactation foods or the lactation diet.

  1. Ginger
  2. Garlic
  3. Rolled Oats
  4. Vegetables like carrots, yams, and dark leafy greens
  5. Sesame Seeds

Here’s a great resource of lactation recipes!

When to Know When it’s Time to Supplement with Formula

There are times when it’s appropriate and even necessary to begin supplementing with formula. If you think you may need to supplement, I urge you to get medical support from your baby’s pediatrician and your own Doctor or lactation consultant.

And never feel pressured to keep breastfeeding or start supplementing if you’re not comfortable or ready. As long as your baby is meeting the above guidelines, you most likely have time to make the best decision for your baby without the pressure from professionals who may not share your convictions.

Do you have a tip that worked to increase your breastmilk supply? Please share it in the comments below!

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The Best Breastfeeding Tips That Make Feeding Your Baby So Much Easier

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If you are planning to breastfeed your baby or are already breastfeeding now, you need all the hacks, breastfeeding tips and helpful breastfeeding videos you can get your hands on.

Breastfeeding isn’t easy, well maybe is it for some moms, but it wasn’t for me and so many other breastfeeding moms.

If you’re struggling and searching the web for breastfeeding answers and solutions you’re doing the right thing. Keep searching until you find what works for you. I would also strongly urge you to get connected with your breastfeeding community through organizations like La Leche League.

I hope these tips will help you stick to your breastfeeding goals as there are many reasons to quit and give up. I personally hit many, many walls when breastfeeding all three of my kids and ended my journey far earlier than I intended.

I don’t have any guilt or regrets because I don’t believe that’s healthy for myself or my little ones. But now I want to help moms like you find the help and answers you need!

The Best Breastfeeding Resources and Freebies

If you haven’t started breastfeeding yet or you are and find yourself struggling with proper latch or milk supply you may want to consider a course like Milkology. This is the FREE Milkology Break Feeding Course.

Here are some great breastfeeding freebies:

Free Nursing Pillow
10 Pairs of Reusable Breastpads
Nursing Cover

If you haven’t had your baby shower yet you can get a FREE Amazon Welcome Box when you start an Amazon Baby Registry. You get a box full of goodies. Plus, you’ll earn a 15% discount for completing your registry, 20% off a diaper subscription and the ability to return items for free for 90 days.

The Affordable Healthcare Act has now made it easier for new moms to qualify for a free breast pump. Click here to get details.

Must-Have Breastfeeding Products

This list of breastfeeding supplies will help make breastfeeding more efficient, easier, and more enjoyable for you and your precious baby.

Breastfeeding Pillow – This pillow is made for breastfeeding and is uniquely shaped to make bringing your baby to you much easier. It gets high praise from breastfeeding moms. You could, of course, use a regular pillow but these are just a bit more effective.

Breastfeeding Stool – Having a specially designed nursing stool allows you to easily lift your baby to your breast. Nursing stools allow you to adjust the position of stool so you can get the most comfortable position every time.

Milk Savers – When you’re feeding baby on one side, milk tends to leak a lot from the opposite breast. And because breastmilk is liquid gold, we want to save every drop! Wearing these soft, silicone breast shields will allow you to easily trap milk as you’re feeding.

You’ll also need breathable breast pads, natural nipple cream, and a supportive cotton nursing bra.

Tips to Getting the Best Latch

Getting your newborn to latch on properly is a bit like the blind leading the blind, especially if this is your first time breastfeeding!

Getting a good latch is basically the cornerstone of healthy and pain-free breastfeeding. Breastfeeding with a bad latch creates a laundry list of problems such as extreme pain, sore nipples, and sometimes even low milk supply and breast infections.

This is where a great breastfeeding course, a consultant with a lactation consultant, and helpful video tutorials like the one below are extremely helpful.

Make sure you bring baby to you and not you to baby. This tip is the foundation for good breastfeeding habits. Hunching over to bring your breast to your baby is a hard and painful habit to break resulting in a poor latch and a sore back and neck for you.

No matter which position you choose, always aim your nipple toward the roof of baby’s mouth. This helps ensure your nipple is at baby’s soft palate. Having your nipple dead-center of your baby’s mouth is bad latch and will result in painful breastfeeding.

Image source via unboundbirth.com

If you know your latch isn’t proper (usually because of extreme pain) it’s even more important to break the seal of the latch before removing your baby. I made this mistake more than a few times and I can’t describe the pain!

It’s surprising how much suction a baby can create when breastfeeding and breaking a latch can be difficult. Here’s a video that shows the proper way to do it.

If your breasts are really full, it’s helpful to soften the breast before getting baby to latch. You can do that by pumping or hand expressing first. If your breasts are too hard and full, it can be difficult for baby to latch properly.

The Easiest Breastfeeding Positions for Beginners

There are so many positions to breastfeed your baby. You’ll choose the position based on many factors such as experience, personal comfort, and whether it’s night time.

Here’s a simple video to show the various positions you can try with your baby for your next feeding.

Tips to Reduce Pain with Breastfeeding

Getting help from a lactation consultant is very helpful because they are able to help you and your baby in person instead of just on your own through a screen.

Lactation consultant Sandra Yates of Vancouver says that, in fact, latch problems are the most common cause of breastfeeding pain. “Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt,” she assures mothers. “When it does, it’s usually a signal that something is wrong and we need to find a way to fix it.” Source

Breasts can become engorged, especially when your milk first comes in. This can be extremely painful and means your breasts need to be emptied either by breastfeeding, expressing by hand, or pumping.

Using cool compresses on breasts will also help alleviate the pain in addition to emptying the milk.

Know the warning signs of breast infections like Thrus and Mastitis. I personally experienced both of these conditions on more than one occasion. They were extremely painful and set back my breastfeeding efforts tremendously.

Preventing these conditions before they set in is so important to continuing healthy breastfeeding.

Tips to Heal Sore Nipples

The two leading causes of sore nipples when breastfeeding are bad latch and not property breaking the seal of a bad latch.

In addition, there are other causes for sore nipples such as milk blisters or blebs, pump friction, and breast infections.

Here are the best ways to heal and soothe your sore and cracked nipples.

  • Apply a small amount of breastmilk to your nipples after feeding or pumping and apply a nipple ointment. Do not air dry as commonly taught as this can cause scabs to form and causes slower and more painful healing.
  • Keep breasts exposed to air as much as possible in between feedings. And because you probably don’t want to walk around naked all day, a soft and breathable nursing bra can help tremendously.
  • Using cotton breastpads without a plastic liner will allow air to flow naturally and you can place a healthy dab of ointment onto the pad to keep healthy moisture on the nipples in between feedings.
  • Apply a natural nipple ointment to sore and cracked nipples before and after feedings and especially pumping to help reduce pump friction.

The following video is teaches you step by step how to mix a natural healing saline solution for quick healing.

How to Know If Your Baby is Getting Enough Milk

This has to be one of the biggest questions breastfeeding moms have, hands down. There’s always a bit of fear when you can’t actually see how much milk your baby is drinking.

And if your baby is fussy, you can immediately assume (many times incorrectly) that your baby isn’t getting enough milk.

Here are some helpful tips to give you much needed peace of mind:

  • Your breast should go from full to soft and empty after nursing.
  • You’ll know your baby is actively drinking when you hear her slurping and swallowing.
  • Your baby is wetting at least 6 diapers a day and soiling at least 3 mustard-colored stools a day after your milk comes in.
  • Your baby seems comfortable, satisfied, and even sleeping after feedings.
  • Your baby is growing on track acording to your pediatritian.

What are your best breastfeeding hacks and tips? Share them in the comments below!

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