There is hunger and then there is breastfeeding hungry . And as anyone who’s ever breastfed a baby can tell you, it’s nothing less than “eating-everything-in-the-house-and-then-looking-for-what-you-put- in-the-couch-cushions” voracious.
Feeding a baby is hard work and can require what feels like almost constant feeding, especially if you’re worried about your milk supply. Sure, there are plenty of milk boosting foods (also called galactagogues) that you can easily incorporate into your daily diet, but when your hands are full or you’re trapped under a sleeping baby, sometimes you just want grab something that’s easy and delicious. One of the fastest and easiest ways to fill you both up while boosting your milk supply? Lactation cookies.
What are lactation cookies?
Quite simply, lactation cookies are cookies made with ingredients that have been shown to help boost milk supply.
Yes you could definitely prepare it yourself — after all, recipes usually contain easy-to-find ingredients like rolled oats, beer yeast and flax seeds. But if baking is (understandably) low on your priority list, there are plenty of super tasty and effective prepackaged lactation cookies on the market today.
We’ve rounded up the top-rated, most-discussed lactation cookies that can be delivered right to your door, no-bake!
If you prefer a soft dough cookie, stock up on pint-sized dark chocolate chip cookies from MilkBliss. Not only are they healthy and delicious, but they’ve been formulated specifically for breastfeeding mothers based on the science of galactagogues, also known as milk boosters. The all-natural, fenugreek-free recipe contains milk-boosting ingredients like organic whole-grain rolled oats, non-GMO brewer’s yeast, and organic flax seeds, and is packaged in individual servings to keep them fresh .
Critics say: “These are absolutely amazing. I pump an extra 2 ounces every session because of this. I eat 2 in the morning and make sure to drink plenty of water. I have bought them twice and once I ran out of my supply definitely showed a difference. Highly recommend. They’re expensive but they work.” H.Watts
Since 1990, Munchkin has become a ubiquitous brand among parents, so it’s no surprise that their Milkmakers Lactation Cookie Bites are Amazon’s best-selling lactation snacks. With ratings of 21,000+, the bite-sized packets of crunchy cookies are perfect for on-the-go snacks and are made with all-natural milk boosters like oats, flax seeds and yeast of beer. It’s worth noting that they contain more calories and sugar than any other cookie on our list, so if you’re keeping track of either of those things, you might want to try an alternative.
Critics say: “I’ve been breastfeeding for about 2 months now. I’ve been producing enough to feed my son and about 10 extra ounces a day from when I’ve pumped. I wasn’t sure the lactation cookies, teas etc would really work but a friend told me to try so i bought these biscuits they actually work and i am amazed i can pump twice as much as before and still feed my baby. It’s great since I just started working and need to keep my freezer supply up. The cookies taste great too. They’re small and cute and I eat 1 packet a day with a protein shake. Definitely recommend them .”— Ashley
Formulated with the help of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Booby Boons is a gluten-free answer to convenient, milk-boosting snacks. Wheat, soy and corn free cookies are made with non-GMO and 100% gluten free ingredients to help keep you and your baby happy at home or on the go.
Critics say: “It’s hard to find gluten-free and fenugreek-free breastfeeding treats (I was advised against it) but these do the trick. I love this brand! The caramel taste is excellent: not as good as chocolate quinoa, but much better than chocolate chips. The only downside to these cookies is that they’re really expensive, but the price is consistent with other lactation-boosting products I’ve seen and tried. I believe they helped me with my milk supply, so worth it (I had an oversupply, but my baby is premature, so it’s hard to say.) They helped me make my far more bearable middle-of-the-night pumping sessions.”— Tina S.
After spending her entire career traveling the world focusing on infant nutrition and the development of infant nutritional products, Nunona founder Krista Maas de Villiers became a mom. It was only then that she realized she was no longer interested in the synthetic products she helped develop into the corporate world. Instead, she wanted to nourish her body and baby with plant-based nutrients, an option she struggled to find. So she set to work creating the all-natural, evidence-based products the market was missing – and the results are delicious. Formulated to help improve the quality of breast milk, Nunona’s Mama Balls are dairy- and gluten-free and made with all-natural, plant-based ingredients like nut butters, dates, brewer’s yeast, flax seeds and oats.
Reviewers say: “Nursing moms know that the hunger you feel all day is real! Felt great knowing I had a tasty snack to reach for as it’s made with all-natural ingredients to nourish me better , me and my baby! So much better than a sweet granola bar! Highly recommend!”— Stephanie
Technically not a cookie, but there are chocolate chips involved, so we’re including! These convenient bars are packed with six superfoods that keep milk flowing (moringa leaf, cinnamon, shatavari root, turmeric, flaxseed, and whole-grain oats), and like the rest of the brand’s products, they’re formulated by IBCLC Founder and RN Nurse. Wendy Colson. Since its launch as the first lactation bar on the market in 2015, it has become a go-to snack for breastfeeding moms.
Critics say: “Mom second time here…had trouble pumping enough with my first. I was doing teas, power pumps, doing lactation balls, shoving herbal lactation supplements down my throat, eating oatmeal in the waaazoooo and always had to pump one more time in the morning to refill her bottles for daycare.This time a friend introduced me to crazy bars and oh my god…they are bars magical for sure!I can always pump a lot when they are part of my I suggest putting them on your subscribe and save list,trust me they are worth it.I suggested them to a mother for the first time and she texted me within the first week and said she felt like a “milk goddess. chocolate chip flavor for sure.”— Ashley
Made for moms by moms, Café Baby’s big, delicious cookies are baked daily and preservative-free to give you the boost you need. They’re soft and chewy and made even more delicious with a quick microwave!
Critics say: “Loved the taste of these, especially even straight from the freezer! Great snack to maintain milk supply and easy to grab. I love making homemade lactation cookies, but nothing compares to those Highly recommend, plus they have great customer service and a small business – two big pluses!”— Janae
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