From Ingredients to Results: Do Lactation Cookies Really Work?
Motherhood is hard enough, and the last thing a mum needs is to worry about her dwindling milk supply. Lactation cookies have gained popularity in recent years as a natural and delicious way to boost milk production. But do they work?
What are lactation cookies?
It is not uncommon for women to struggle with milk production when they’re breastfeeding, and lactation cookies were created to help increase the supply. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and one very special ingredient. No, I’m not going to say ‘love’, although they are definitely made with this. The magical ingredient that’s at the core of lactation cookies is a little something called galactagogues.
A galactagogue is a food, herb or medication which increases the level of prolactin in the body, one of the many hormones needed for milk production. Brewer’s yeast is one of the ingredients considered a galactagogue and acts as a nutritional supplement during breastfeeding. Added to the cookies, it can not only increase your supply but also combat fatigue.
Do lactation cookies really work?
The more you feed your baby, the more milk you will produce. That’s how the production supply of milk works when it comes to breastfeeding. But some women need a little boost, and lactation cookies can go a long way to help with your supply. Whether it’s the placebo effect or the result from a now more nutrient-dense diet, lactation cookies mostly have a positive effect on breastfeeding mums. At the end of the day, whether they help with your milk supply or not, you’re still adding a healthy snack to your day.
By using a premix, you can even add some of your own flavours, choose to make them vegan or dairy-free, and enjoy the smell of freshly baked cookies throughout your home.
You don’t need an excuse to eat more cookies, but it’s always nice to have one anyway. Lactation cookies don’t just taste good, but they’re also packed with essential nutrients to help tired mums feel happier and healthier. While the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of lactation cookies is limited, many mums swear by their benefits. And if there’s one thing we all know – a mother’s instinct is always right.
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