Parenting Basics: Lactation Cookies

Lactation cookies that are delicious AND effective? Nursing win-win!

Lactation cookies that are delicious and effective: a nursing win-win. (I may have been heavy-handed with the chocolate chips.)

Lactation cookies that are delicious AND effective? Nursing win-win!

When Leo was born, one of my biggest challenges was getting the hang of breastfeeding. Leo struggled with his latch, so much that nurses highly recommended we cut his tongue-tie. Joe and I graciously declined the procedure and so it took a couple of weeks before we got into the ease of things. Thankfully, our baby boy learned to latch-on and drink. It was a wonderful feeling for the three of us.

We then faced our second challenge: milk supply. I wasn’t producing as much as Leo needed, but our doctor was incredibly helpful with our situation. She advised me to keep up with a healthy, nursing-friendly diet and encouraged me to go on.

I started to drink Mother’s Milk Tea, which was highly recommended by the lactation consultant at my doctor’s practice. After doing research and getting the “okay” from Leo’s pediatrician, I was gulping 1 to 2 cups per day.

I also researched lactation cookies and was intrigued by the idea. Considering my sweet tooth, how could I say no to chocolate chip cookies that could boost my milk supply? That’s certainly a way to make both mommy and baby happy!

I used this recipe from savingdessert.com and it was exactly what our family needed. Following the recipe exactly, I managed to bake 40 large cookies! I was nervous about finding brewer’s yeast, but it turns out, I could easily scoop some up from Bulk Barn. It came up with great results and is the perfect snack to satisfy my cravings.

Lactation cookies that are delicious AND effective? Nursing win-win! Lactation cookies that are delicious AND effective? Nursing win-win!

Comments

    • Ankita,

      Thank you! It’s the best feeling in the world to know that I am supplying my baby with enough milk. It was such a struggle before!

  1. I breastfed my 1st child, no problems! So when I had my second I thought it would be the same. My second baby wanted to nurse every 1 1/2 hours around the clock! Since I was getting now sleep we talked to my doctor and we ultimately decided to forget breastfeeding and formual feed instead. Maybe if I would have known some tricks like these lactation cookies, I could have nursed my baby for longer than 2 months!

  2. I have heard of these before. I didn’t breast feed our daughters, so I have no real idea of the struggles that a mom goes through. From the sound of it, these are a great idea. It’s nice to know there is help for breastfeeding moms.

    • Jenn,

      I was always one for breastfeeding, not knowing how much of a struggle it would be! Now I know all of the challenges different mothers can face!

  3. Mother’s Milk Tea is kinda popular since I have been hearing about it as a good recommendation from consultants we know. Those lactation cookies look delicious! It’s nice to know that there’s such thing. I’d take note of that when I become a mom. 🙂

    • Roch,

      Mother’s Milk Tea has an interesting taste to it and yes, you’re absolutely right, they’re totally popular!

    • Bites for Foodies,

      Yes, it definitely does give me energy as well. What can I say, I love snacking!

  4. It’s great that you found such a yummy way to help your milk supply. Regarding his tongue, my son is “tongue-tied,” his tongue frenulum is so close to the front of his mouth that it greatly restricts his movement. We didn’t even catch it until he was two and I learned about it in nursing school. He was a preemie, fed through a tube for the first 10 days, so I guess no one ever thought to look? Anyway, I was told his speech would never be right (he had a speech delay) and was pressured to clip it, but since he would have needed anesthesia at that point, I opted against it. By four, his speech was perfect. Now he’s 12 and the choice is up to him. Maybe he’ll want it clipped one day, maybe not. Either way, he’s perfect to me!

    • Nikki,

      Thank you for sharing your story! It’s nice to hear experiences from other mommies. I’m also happy to hear that your son is doing super well! My husband and I were on the same page with not clipping the tongue-tie… and like you said, if by chance he decides to do it when he’s older, then that’ll be up to him and I’ll support him no matter what!

  5. I nursed both my boys for a year each and now they are 12 and 6. I’d never heard of lactation cookies until 3 years ago so I guess I was late to the game. I’d say they are definitely a win-win if they help increase your milk supply and taste amazingly good. Binge eating sweets all for the sake of our children sounds like a bad-ass mama to me!

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