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Breastfeeding is nature's gift to mothers: It's all-natural and free, and it provides a host of benefits to you and your baby's overall health.

However, it's often a concern for new mothers that their milk supply isn't enough.

Your milk supply may indeed temporarily diminish if you're not feeding your little one often enough for a variety of reasons. 

 

Remember that milk supply works the same way as economics: there's a law of supply and demand.

With breastfeeding, the more you nurse, the more milk you produce given the proper positioning and latch.

Unfortunately for a number of mothers, their milk supply may still be low. 

 

 

5 Benefits of Lactation Cookies

While there are no solid scientific studies that support the effectiveness of lactation cookies in boosting milk supply, many mothers testify how lactation cookies helped them in their breastfeeding journey.

Here's a list of reasons why lactation cookies benefit breastfeeding moms: 

1. Lactation cookies can boost your milk supply

Lactation cookies are named as such for the obvious reason that it's made especially for lactating mothers.

The key ingredients in lactation cookies—oatmeal, brewer's yeast, flaxseed, wheat germ, and fenugreek—work together to help you boost and maintain your milk supply.

Here's how:

  • Oats are rich in fiber, iron, protein, and complex carbohydrates. Low levels of iron have a close correlation with milk supply reduction.

  • Brewer's yeast contains protein, iron, B vitamins, selenium, chromium, and other trace minerals. The combination of these nutrients are believed to help in boosting milk supply.

  • Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and healthy fats, which are key components in breastmilk.

  • Wheat germ has high levels of zinc, which is essential in supporting baby's growth, immunity, and brain development.

  • Fenugreek contains hormone precursors that prompt the milk glands to produce more breastmilk.

 

2. Lactation cookies are more nutritious breastfeeding snacks

Feeding a miniature human from your body takes so much energy and effort, which is why most breastfeeding mothers are often very hungry and thirsty after each breastfeeding session.

Instead of snacking on unhealthy food, lactation cookies are a more nutritious alternative. You get to satisfy your hunger while maintaining your figure!
 

3. Oats in lactation cookies promote healthy bowel movements

One of the main ingredients of lactation cookies is oatmeal. Oats are known to be high in fiber and can aid in your bowel movements, eventually helping you to shed some of your postpartum weight gain.

Of course, go for homemade lactation cookies without the extra sugar.
 

4. Brewer's yeast and wheat germ in lactation cookies may help with baby blues and PPD

Two other key ingredients in lactation cookies are brewer's yeast and wheat germ. The combined nutrients in brewer's yeast and wheat germ are believed to aid in managing depression, though there aren't enough studies to support this claim.
 

5. Lactation cookies have no adverse effects

Because the ingredients of lactation cookies are all-natural, there are no known adverse effects.
 

It's important to note, though, that each mother respond differently to lactation cookies. Some moms notice a significant increase in their milk supply within a few days of eating two to three lactation cookies per day, while some take a few weeks or so. 

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