There are so many different brands of lactation cookies in the market; make your life easier by following our top 5 tips when choosing where to buy the best lactation cookies!
1. CHOOSE FROM REPUTABLE BRANDS
No, we don’t mean the one with the highest number of followers on Instagram! More importantly, choose from a company that has a proper commercial kitchen that is SFA-licensed because that means anyone who handles your lactation products has obtained the basic food hygiene certification, and you can have peace of mind when you consume their products. You don’t want to find unwanted “ingredients” in your food, do you?
Besides, having an SFA license means that the company has to comply with SFA regulations – all in the interest of the consumers. And yes, our very own in-house commercial kitchen at Extra Nordic is of course SFA-licensed!
2. LOOK FOR THE INGREDIENTS LIST
If there is no complete ingredients list, we say RUN! You want to know what you’re eating for yourself and your precious baby!
Generally, the ingredients list should appear both on the website and the product packaging, and be organised in descending order based on the weight of the ingredients used, which means the first ingredient listed is used the most in your product. If you are curious, organic oat flour is our first ingredient, and we take pride in our extra rich 5-in-1 galactagogue blend that gives you the most milk-boosting ingredients in one bite!
3. LOOK FOR AUTHENTIC TESTIMONIALS
Many companies have testimonials on their websites, but how do you know if they are authentic? One way is to look for phrases such as “verified buyer” or “verified purchase” in the reviews as they are most likely real customers who have purchased from the website and have been verified by the review platform.
Another tip is to check if the reviews have any real photos from customers!
We have many authentic, verified reviews from customers on most of our product pages, and we have also created a “Testimonials” page to make it easy for you to read all the reviews from our customers! Click here to read some of them!
4. UNDERSTAND THAT INFAMOUS “BITTER” AFTERTASTE FROM LACTATION COOKIES
Many companies bake lactation products by adding a certain standard set of milk-boosting ingredients. The widely known trio is oats, flaxseeds, and brewer’s yeast. Now, why do many people say lactation cookies taste horrible with that bitter aftertaste?
This is because brewer’s yeast is a powerful galactagogue and many companies use A LOT of them to increase the efficacy of their products, but brewer’s yeast is not something you want to eat on its own because… let’s just say it has a “unique” taste. What happens when there’s a “unique” taste? You add sugar, and a lot of it, to mask the “unique” taste. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. So you either get a very sweet cookie, or one that has a bitter aftertaste.
We don’t like overly sweet cookies, nor bitter ones, and thus drawing on our knowledge of the breastfeeding culture and diet in Norway, we came up with an original 5-in-1 galactagogue blend that is based on the concept of 'de fyra sädesslagen' or 'the four significant grains' in the Nordics (oats, wheat, barley, rye). Besides the common trio of oats, flaxseeds, and brewer’s yeast, we also add freshly ground barley and brown rice (can you already taste the freshness of our cookies?!?). That’s why many of our customers love the taste of our cookies and commented that they do not have the “bitter” aftertaste because we don’t rely on just brewer’s yeast to increase your milk supply.
Oh fyi, we advocate the use of ground flaxseeds aka flax meal. Most nutrition experts recommend ground over whole flaxseeds because the ground form is easier to digest. Whole flaxseed may pass through your intestine undigested, which means you won't get all the benefits. So that’s another tip for choosing a good lactation cookie!
5. LOOK CAREFULLY AT INGREDIENTS AGAIN
You must think we are repeating the same point as #2. Not at all! This time, we want you to focus on what the ingredients are! Of course, the more natural they are, the better it is.
We choose our ingredients very carefully because we live by our #extragoodness philosophy. For example, we use real tea leaves to make our Earl Grey 59˚N cookies, not Earl Grey flavouring (you may have never heard of it but yes, it’s a thing!). We also use real organic lemon oil in our Lemon Ginger cookies, not artificial lemon flavour that consists of pure chemicals! So yeah, you get what we mean when we say look carefully at the ingredients! You will be surprised at what you find!
Also, look out for compound ingredients! If the company just lists chocolate chips without further listing the ingredients that made up the chocolate chips, it’s a red flag! You may think it’s nothing really important, but from a consumer point of view, you need to know how “natural” the product is, especially if the company claims to use all-natural ingredients.
One great example is white chocolate chips. There is REAL white chocolate that contains cocoa butter, and not-quite-real white chocolate that does not contain cocoa butter, but instead is made up of things such as hydrogenated palm oil. We are not saying one is better than the other, but what we want you to know is that there is more to the eye than just white chocolate chips! We work very hard to source the best and authentic ingredients for you, and of course we use real white chocolate with cocoa butter in our products!
There you go, our top 5 tips on choosing where to buy your lactation cookies! We have mentioned it many times, but it is still worth mentioning it again – every woman reacts to lactation products differently. Keep trying different recipes, you may find one that surprises you eventually! We have many customers who were skeptical about lactation cookies, until they tried ours and found something that worked for them!
All the best in your breastfeeding journey!
Note: the above tips are based on the experiences of Bel, one of our co-founders, full-time mother still breastfeeding beyond 2 years, and lover of good wholesome food!