Whether you’re a first-time mama or are a mom to several, you’ve probably heard about lactation cookies. Many breastfeeding moms swear by these treats and consider them to be an easy (and tasty!) way to boost and maintain your milk supply.

Now, you might be wondering - ‘how can a cookie have the power to influence lactation?’

Sounds like magic, right? It’s important to know that when it comes to the effectiveness of lactation cookies, it’s all about the ingredients. You know, the sometimes confusing panel you find on the back of food products.

If you’re on the hunt for a way to promote healthy lactation, this post is for you. Deciphering the ingredients in various products on the market can be exhausting and at times confusing--but don’t worry, we’ve done the work for you! Keep reading to learn all about lactation cookies, from ingredients commonly found in them to exactly how they work.

What Are Lactation Cookies, And Will They Increase Milk Supply?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60% of mothers do not breastfeed for as long as they intend to. Why?

This can occur for many different reasons, including:

  • Issues with lactation and latching
  • Concerns about infant nutrition and weight
  • Mother’s concern about taking medications while breastfeeding
  • Unsupportive work policies and lack of parental leave
  • Cultural norms and/or lack of family support
  • Unsupportive hospital practices and policies

As these challenges are faced by so many moms, there are a ton of different products on the market that claim to support healthy lactation, one of them being lactation cookies. For the breastfeeding mom concerned about her milk supply, these treats can be an easy solution!

What’s In Them?

At this point, you’re probably wondering what makes these cookies so effective. Why do so many moms swear by them?

Many lactation cookies contain galactogogues, which are substances found in various herbs and foods that promote lactation. Examples of galactogogues include turmeric, fennel seed, oatmeal, and chickpeas, just to name a few.

Here’s a quick breakdown of some specific ingredients commonly found in lactation cookies:

  • Brewers Yeast: This ingredient is  is a source of B vitamins, chromium, selenium and protein. It does not contain B12, but the other B vitamins in there may help to boost energy and support the nervous system. It is also said that it can help with digestion and keep your skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver healthy.
  • Flaxseed: Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. It contains vitamins E and B, calcium, iron, and potassium. It can be used to help keep your digestive system regular and prevent irritable bowel syndrome. It may also lower blood glucose and improve insulin tolerance.
  • Oats: A great source of soluble fiber, oats help to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, which helps to avoid spikes in your blood sugar levels. They are also a great source of magnesium as well as other vitamins & minerals so it’s a great idea to have them as part of your diet anyway!
  • Wheat Germ: This ingredient contains zinc, which is a must for breastfeeding moms. Zinc aids the immune system and even helps to protect cracked nipples, a common occurrence when breastfeeding. Like brewer's yeast, it is also believed to help with postpartum depression.
  • Galactogogues: One of the most common ingredients found in lactation cookies, galactogogues

What Makes Our Majka Lactation Bites Different?

Our Majka Lactation Bites aren’t your typical lactation cookie. They’re a healthy, convenient snack for nursing moms on the go! Plus, they’re the first refrigerated lactation cookie on the market (that can also be enjoyed unrefrigerated).

Each bite is packed with superior ingredients that supplement your daily nutrition and support healthy lactation production. Unlike many lactation snacks you’ll find at the store, our recipe is made from natural ingredients--no more worrying about the nutrition label!

Every Majka Bite contains all the nutritional benefits without unnecessary calories, added sugars, or artificial ingredients. They’re the perfect snack for the whole family! (but make sure you save some for yourself--they’re addicting!)

Our bites contain various superhero ingredients, including:

  • Black Sesame Seeds: Black sesame seeds increase milk supply in mothers, and are loaded with nutrients, including proteins, unsaturated fats, B vitamins, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and antioxidants.
  • Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps raise your “good” cholesterol and protects against heart attack and stroke. Chia seeds naturally raise energy levels, giving breastfeeding moms the strength they need to keep up with the many tasks of motherhood.
  • Coconut: A delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, coconut is rich in zinc, which promotes the post-birth healing process.
  • Fenugreek: Fenugreek provides relief for anemia, loss of taste, fever, dandruff, stomach and respiratory disorders, diabetes, inflammation, and more. Fenugreek is also a key ingredient in building milk supply, as it’s one of the best herbal galactagogues.
  • Glossostemon Bruguieri: An Egyptian folk medicine, glossostemon bruguieri serves as a nutritive tonic for the purpose of promoting lactation.
  • Oats & Flaxseed: High fiber superfoods like oats and flaxseed support healthy digestion while meeting your daily manganese intake. These superfoods metabolize nutrients, increase energy, and boost collagen production to aid in wound healing. Additionally, oats contain beta-glucan, giving them lactogenic powers.
  • Turmeric: As a natural anti-inflammatory compound, turmeric can help reduce the risk of mastitis during lactation. This spice also improves brain function and increases dopamine levels; these properties support a positive mood that can help beat baby blues.

Recommended Use

For optimal lactation support, we recommend eating one to two bites per day. For increased milk supply, enjoy your bites an hour before breastfeeding or pumping!

Will Lactation Cookies Cause Oversupply?

Here at Majka, we’re commonly asked if lactation cookies can cause overproduction of milk. If you’re not struggling with milk production, don’t worry--eating Lactation Bites won’t cause you to produce more milk than you need! However, because of the ingredients found in our Lactation Bites, they can still be an amazing snack to fuel your motherhood journey. Plus, they’re great for the whole family, too!

Homemade No-Bake Lactation Cookie Recipe

Wanting to make DIY lactation bites at home? Here’s a quick and easy Sweet Potato Lactation Bite recipe to make using our Nourishing Lactation Powder!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups steamed sweet potato
  • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 ½ scoops Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 drops Stevia
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend
  2. Transfer dough to a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour
  3. Once chilled, begin scooping out your bites. Roll them into balls and then roll them in any topping you want, such as shredded coconut.
  4. Enjoy! You can store your bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Want to learn about our Nourishing Lactation Powder? We break down the benefits of our powder in this blog post.

What Our Community Says About Our Bites

“I love the bites! They are super moist and soft compared to other bites i have tried! They are also the perfect size for a quick snack that also aides in milk production! The best!” - Carly E.

“I recently returned back to work and life is definitely chaotic. I have a toddler and a 7 week old and I am nervous about milk supply. I definitely need things that I can quickly grab when I need to eat and these bites are perfect for that. I love the taste and plan on purchasing more!” - Kacey P.

“I was dealing with a milk supply dip when we started sleep training and my little one began sleeping 8+hrs at night. The shake and the bites helped in conjunction with extra pumping to get my supply back up with full force in days! I love the spice flavor of both, but particularly the bites, which I swear taste like healthy donuts!” - Amy C.

“I saw results immediately and with consistent use my milk supply doubled! They are the perfect snack to have before breastfeeding or pumping and taste so much better than previous lactation products I have tried.” - Nicole

In conclusion, to answer the question of whether or not lactation cookies really work...yes!

We designed our bites to be the best of both worlds--they taste amazing and they’re full of nutrients designed to fill in the nutritional gaps experienced by many new moms. So, the next time you’re about to trek out into the real world, make sure to pack a bag of Majka Lactation Bites! Because when you love yourself, you love motherhood even more.

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“Breastfeeding.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 Aug. 2018, www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/facts.html.

“Galactagogues - Boosting Milk Supply and Production.” American Pregnancy Association, 18 May 2016, americanpregnancy.org/breastfeeding/galactagogues-boosting-your-milk-supply/.

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