Whether you are a mother searching for “ways to increase my milk supply” or "where to buy lactation cookies", or you are a pregnant mum browsing the web getting acquainted with breastfeeding and discovering the existence of cookies that may help with your milk supply, you have come to the right page!
We will explain to you what lactation cookies are in the simplest manner. Also check out our post Top 5 Tips On Where To Buy Lactation Cookies!
But before we start, if you’re concerned about your milk supply, we highly recommend you to contact a certified lactation consultant or someone from the local chapter of the advocacy group La Leche League International (LLLI)*. It may turn out that you’re worrying unnecessarily, and that both your milk supply and your baby are just fine. If your supply is on the low side, a lactation consultant will be able to make recommendations based on your circumstances.
*La Leche League International is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization that organizes advocacy, educational, and training related to breastfeeding.
WHAT ARE LACTATION COOKIES?
To know if and how they are miraculous, you need to understand what a lactation cookie is. In short, it is simply a cookie made with the aim of boosting a woman’s breastmilk supply, and they contain ingredients called galactagogues.
“Galactagogue” is a scientific term for foods, herbs or medications that may assist in increasing breastmilk supply. Common galactagogues in cookies are oats, flaxseeds, and brewer’s yeast, and these are the ingredients that many lactation cookie companies use in their recipes.
Our flagship lactation cookies, with an extra rich 5-in-1 galactagogue blend, are inspired by both Nordic and Asian ingredients. Born out of 'de fyra sädesslagen' or 'the four significant grains', extensive research has been done to perfect the cookie recipe in an effort to boost breast milk supply, while providing an extra goodness treat for nursing mothers (non-nursing fathers too!).
To make our unique blend, we add freshly ground barley and brown rice to our cookies in addition to the commonly used oats, brewer’s yeast, and flaxseeds.
DO THEY REALLY WORK?
While lactation cookies have not been included in any peer-reviewed clinical study, there are many anecdotal pieces of evidence among nursing mothers with an established milk supply that lactation cookies improved their milk production. Also, different recipes, ingredients, concoctions (or whatever you call it) work differently for every woman.
All we can say is, you’ll never know if our cookies work for you if you haven’t tried them! But just for your reference, we have many mothers who reported positive effects to their milk supply after consuming our lactation products – you may want to check out our Testimonials page! Oh and our co-founder Bel has been eating our lactation products since she gave birth to her little one - tried and tested recipe indeed!
YOU MAY ASK, WHY IS IT SO COMPLICATED?
This is because your body is highly complex and advanced, especially when it comes to making milk for the little baby. Breastmilk supply is dependent on many different factors, such as the frequency of feeding/pumping, efficiency of the latch, the age of your baby, etc.
We like to remind mothers to trust their bodies since they know what’s best for their babies! Have we mentioned that a mother’s body is so amazing that it can tailor make perfect milk for her baby? That‘s a whole different blog post for another day.
But let’s circle back to our point, and that is every woman reacts to lactation products differently because no two women have the same body, same feeding schedule, and the same baby! Because of this reason, we can’t tell you when you will see an increase in your milk supply after consuming our products. Some mothers experience fullness in their breasts within hours while others take a longer time. We can’t stress further the importance of nursing efficiently and frequently!
HOW MANY LACTATION COOKIES SHOULD I EAT?
Based on our mothers’ feedback over time, we recommend starting with 4-6 cookies 1-2 hours before breastfeeding/pumping, best consumed with our lactation tea, milk or water. Our cookies are bite-sized, and are made not-so-sweet for the health-conscious mothers! We want you to bite into extra goodness every time!
If you don’t see any effects, please adjust your consumption accordingly! Like we have said, the effectiveness of lactation products is experienced differently from woman to woman; some see a massive increase in milk supply, some see none, and others are in between.
Most importantly, please keep in mind that the key to increasing milk supply is to remove more milk from the breast and frequently, so that less milk accumulates in the breast between feedings. In other words, latch latch latch! Or pump frequently, if latching is not an option.
IF I START EATING LACTATION COOKIES IN PREGNANCY, WILL I HAVE MORE BREAST MILK AFTER I DELIVER?
Lactation products are intended to support nursing mothers with an established milk supply. They do not substitute the integral act of stimulating your supply by breastfeeding and/or pumping efficiently and frequently once you have your baby. So short answer is you will probably not have more breast milk after you deliver if you start eating lactation cookies during pregnancy.
However, please note that there are certain ingredients possibly present in some lactation cookies that pregnant women in their late trimesters should avoid, such as fenugreek. We don’t use fenugreek in our Extra Nordic products at all, thus they are pregnancy-safe, making them tasty treats for the pregnant mothers!
As a side note, we have many mothers telling us that their partners and kids love their Extra Nordic lactation cookies and products! We assure you that your partner or kid will not start to lactate! In fact, our co-founder Esp loves these cookies and snags them for himself all the time! Our cookies are a great healthy snack for all, whether nursing or not! When the products are good for nursing moms, they’re good for everyone else too!
EXTRA GOODNESS IN EVERY BITE
So you have read this and are probably a lactation cookie guru by now! If you are adventurous and want to bake your own lactation cookies, go ahead! There are many recipes out there and you may find one that is to your liking. But if you are like many mothers who are busy with your kids and wish for more time to do more things, leave the baking to us! We have years of baking experience and we only deliver extra goodness to you after much research and development in our products!