Having trouble breastfeeding? You are not alone! 92% of the new mothers have to go through this trouble. The problem is not just about the pain and the trouble related to latching, if the milk supply is low, it is considered to be another distressing concern. There are surely lots of ways of increasing the milk supply, but have you heard of lactation cookies?
What are Lactation Cookies?
Lactation cookies are the cookies made with special ingredients that help in boosting the milk supply. These are made with four main ingredients i.e. oats, flaxseed meal, fenugreek, and yeast. They also contain galactagogues, which is highly effective in promoting lactation among humans. They have proven to be extremely nutritious for nursing mothers.
You may also want to read about lactation and nutritional requirements of breastfeeding.
Ingredients used in lactation Cookies
Let’s have a look how each ingredient present in the lactation cookies helps in increasing the milk supply.
Oats are rich in saponin, which is known as an immune stimulating compound. It helps in increasing prolactin level which we all know plays a key role in the production of milk. It is an important ingredient in the lactation cookies.
Fenugreek seeds are rich in phytoestrogen, which promotes body balance by maintaining the estrogen level. This helps in regulating the prolactin level for increasing the milk production. It also improves perspiration which makes the body relax and releases milk easily.
It is rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Such healthy fats are great for the mom as they are effective in not just increasing the milk supply but also provide protection against cardiovascular diseases.
It is full of Vitamin B, selenium, chromium and other trace minerals. These ingredients are really helpful for the nursing mothers as they play their own role in the body processes.
Instead of worrying about the milk supply, you should start thinking about consuming the lactation cookies. You can also get a recommendation from your doctor about them. The results are not going to be rapid; rather your milk supply will increase over a period of time. The ingredients will first go into the body of the mother and then results will be seen. Therefore, don’t expect the lactation cookies to boost your milk production in a matter of days.
The lactation cookies are not just meant for mothers, anyone can eat them because they are rich in nutrients. You can also add other healthy ingredients to make these cookies tasty. Breastfeeding mothers generally need a lot to eat. Therefore, it would be best to have portable food available with you all the time that you can eat no matter where you are. Lactation cookies can serve the purpose well.
Want to know the recipe of lactation cookies? Watch the video below to find out the easy recipe.
Sources: parenting.com (Lactation Cookies Boost Nutrients and Milk Supply), health.com (What Are ‘Lactation Cookies’ and Why Are They All Over Pinterest?), BabyCenter ( Need more milk? Try some cookies), Sacraparental (Lactation cookies: 3 reasons and 12 recipes to make Some For A New Parent).