Lactation cookies are one of the most popular foods for breastfeeding mamas to eat when wanting to increase milk supply. Lactation cookies taste amazing, satisfy sugar cravings, and ultimately give you a huge boost in milk supply. But many mamas become dependent on eating lots of lactation cookies to keep their supply where they want it, and it isn’t the healthiest way to go.
Do lactation cookies really work?
The short answer is yes, lactation cookies can really work, according to anecdotal studies. There haven’t been in-depth, scientific studies to prove an actual increase in milk supply. But overall, women report an increase in milk supply with these lactation cookies. Many of them have brewer’s yeast, oatmeal, flaxseed, fenugreek or other galactagogues that increase milk supply. The key is to find the right ingredients for your body. Everyone responds individually to ingredients.
Why do lactation cookies work so well?
Lactation cookies are full of a few ingredients that a breastfeeding mamas’ brain and body loves. The first ingredient is of course SUGAR! Sugar, or glucose is the brain’s first choice for energy. When a brain is tired, it craves more sugar to function. Lactation cookies offer a tasty way to get that glucose to the brain! In addition to sugar, lactation cookies also offer a lot of energy. Basically, they are high in calories. All of those calories make it easy for your body to produce breast milk without having to tap into the extra fat stores. Specifically, the calories are coming from fat (butter mainly in many recipes), and carbohydrates. Your body is getting plenty of carbs to function on NOW, and plenty of fat to save for later.
The additional herbs and ingredients for milk supply really help lactation cookies give your milk supply a kick! Many recipes and packaged cookies contain oatmeal, brewer’s yeast, fenugreek, fennel seed, milk thistle and other ingredients known to help with lactation. Many of these ingredients have been used for years to help lactating women, and fenugreek is one of the few that has been in studies, and shown to increase milk supply.
Lactation cookies are also super easy to pack on the go. This makes for an easy, sweet treat while mamas are buys, but still need to keep up milk supply. Lactation cookies don’t take long to mix and bake, and many of them can be stored in the freezer, making it super convenient for new moms.
Do lactation cookies without brewer’s yeast work?
You can absolutely find success with lactation cookies that omit brewer’s yeast. The key is that they offer other ingredients to still provide the same boost. There are many other ingredients that do this. We actually have a variety of them in our Milk Dust Bars, to help ensure that many mamas experience an increase in milk supply. We derive the yeast benefits from a nutritional yeast, so that it is actually gluten free in our blend. Many lactation cookie recipes don’t have this, and so they use oatmeal, flaxseed, fennel or fenugreek as alternatives to brewer’s yeast. Look for these ingredients in a lactation cookie recipe without brewer’s yeast, so you can ensure there are components that will help you milk supply.
Why may lactation cookies not be a good idea?
Lactation cookies do not offer breastfeeding mamas the nutrients they need to fully support hormone and weight balance. Despite being delicious and tasty, lactation cookies aren’t providing protein, vitamins, minerals or antioxidants – which are arguably more important than the lactation herbs and ingredients.
The postpartum mama still has an increased need for nutrition. There are many nutrient deficiencies that pop up after birth during the postnatal period, which is where the term postnatal depletion comes from.
Science-based Medicine goes so far to say that lactation cookies probably won’t increase your milk supply. If you read the article, they go over the disappointment in the nutritional profile of the standard packaged lactation cookie.
Relying on lactation cookies causes a cycle of needing sugar and carbs to supplement the lack of nutrients. The cookies are taking the place of the much needed nutrition, and play a role in the endless cycle of sugar cravings while breastfeeding.
As we learn more about postpartum health, brands like Milk Dust are developing alternatives to the standard lactation cookies. These alternatives, and healthier recipes are providing breastfeeding mamas with more nutrition, less sugar, and still a milk boost.
Milk Dust Bars are especially unique in that they help combat the sugar-craving cycle that many breastfeeding mamas find themselves stuck in. Extra minerals like Chromium and Magnesium are added to help combat blood sugar issues. Turmeric and cinnamon bark have also been show to help balance blood sugar – especially in diabetes.
Combine these hand-picked nutrients with the amazing protein count and low sugar count, and you have a wonderful snack option for mamas on the go. Not to mention they taste amazing! Sweet, like a candy bar, and some say even better than a lactation cookie!
Our Milk Dust Bars also have a unique lactation blend consisting of more than just one ingredient. We use a combination of lactation-supporting ingredients such as fenugreek, fennel seed, milk thistle, red raspberry leaf, turmeric and brewer’s yeast. By combining all these ingredients to work together, the effects of just one in high doses is reduced. A very small percentage of women have adverse reactions to fenugreek, but most have amazing results. Still, our blend has a small amount of fenugreek, supported by the other ingredients to make a more friendly, yet powerful blend.
The Milk Dust Bars are powerful alternatives to the standard lactation cookie. There are also more recipes that are paleo, low-carb or just healthier. Do your best to find a lactation cookie recipe that is low in sugar and fat, and high in nutrients. Adding blueberries to cookies, switching to dark chocolate and using a sugar substitute are great places to start.
We also have some healthier cookie and brownie recipes you may fall in love with!
These healthy chocolate cake lactation bites are amazing for milk supply, as well as a delicious and healthy treat you can eat when those cravings start hitting hard.
Of course, we have our amazing Milk Dust Bars, which are so yummy, and full of lactation-boosting ingredients for mamas on the go. These bars taste like dessert, but are full of protein and low in sugar.
Sometimes you just want some brownies quick brownie bites. These are easy to whip up, no baking involved, and you can keep them in the fridge for easy grabbing. Make sure to try our lactation brownies too!
Healthy Brownie Lactation Bites
Super yummy, healthy lactation brownie bites, that are super easy to make, and full of milk-boosting ingredients .
2tbspcoconut flour (more or less to get a thick consistency)
1/2cupchocolate chips melted with splash of milk
Grab a large bowl, and mix your peanut flour and water together in the bowl. It should be a thick, peanut butter consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, minus the chocolate chips. Everything should blend together in thick dough, and you can adjust the coconut flour if needed. All of this can be mixed with a spoon, but feel free to use a food processor or mixer. Once mixed, split dough into 8 sections to make balls. You can do more or less, depending on how big you want your bites. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate with a spoon and place on parchment paper. Store them in the fridge for about 15 minutes, so the chocolate can cool. Store in the fridge.
November is here, and we wanted to share this super easy, pumpkin lactation bite recipe. These protein bites are full of milk-boosting ingredients, including the pumpkin, yet are super healthy and low in sugar. Add these to your snack list, or have them as dessert, and you will be able to keep up with your weight loss goals after pregnancy.
Milk Dust is a brand-new resource for new mommies to conquer sugar cravings while breastfeeding, while also increase milk supply. Adding Milk Dust to recipes really helps ensure you are getting in the proper nutrients postpartum, while also keeping your milk supply up. Use code: LACTATION for 10% off your first order.
Pumpkin Pie Lactation Bites (Skinny!)
These skinny pumpkin pie lactation bites will have you feeling like you're biting into pumpkin pie, yet be full of nutrients and milk-boosting goodness.
1/8 cupBaking Stevia (or ganulated sweetener of choice)
Mix water and peanut flour in a bowl. The consistency should be of heated peanut butter. You can use about 1 cup of heated peanut butter if desired. When peanut butter is heated for about 30 seconds in the microwave, it takes on a thinner consistency. This will be easier to mix. You can mix everything in a large bowl without a food processor, or you can transfer the peanut butter to the food processor, then add the rest of the ingredients. Add in the pumpkin puree, Milk Dust protein, pumpkin pie spice, Stevia and salt. Mix the coconut flour 1 tbsp at a time, to make sure it isn't too dry. The dough should be thick and crumbly, so you can roll into balls. Eat the protein bites right away, or store in the fridge.
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Pumpkin offers some amazing nutrients for breastfeeding mamas, so make sure to eat it all you want! It is also full of fiber, low in sugar, and easy to add to baked goods. It can really help with weight loss by helping you feel full on less calories due to the amount of fiber per serving.
Combining fiber and protein is a really effective way to feel full for longer, and diminish cravings later in the day. Make sure to check out our smoothie recipes too!
Breastfeeding has a funny way of making new mommies obsessed with cookies. Cookies, brownies, ice cream and all the sugary foods really. Milk Dust is amazing for combating those cravings, but we also believe you can have healthy, nutrient-dense cookies too.
Here at Milk Dust we love cookies. We think cookies are a great way to get in some needed nutrients, satisfy cravings and even boost your milk supply. Peanut butter cookies are an even better way to do this! These peanut butter cookies in particular are super simple to make. They take just a few ingredients, are gluten-free, healthy and full of the good stuff.
If you are still pregnant, make these for when baby arrives! If you know someone who just had a baby, make some for them!
Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies – EASY!
These peanut butter lactation cookies are so easy, and so good!
This recipe is so simple because everything can be added to one large bowl, and mixed all together. Mix all the ingredients, then form small balls to place on greased cookie sheet. Use a fork to flatten the cookies into their shape. Put in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes.
If you want to give these babies a try, use code: LACTATION for 10% off your first order! Milk Dust usually offers enough sweetness for the recipe, but if you find you need more, add 1/4 cup of honey to the recipe, and you will be perfect!
Gingerbread cookies are amazing, but all the sugar, fat, carbs and lack of nutrients aren’t amazing for encouraging milk supply. A gingerbread lactation shake is a great option to help curb those cravings for gingerbread cookies, while also nourishing your body and keeping you on-track for increasing milk supply.
Why is Milk Dust so GREEN?
Milk Dust offers super foods such as chlorella and spirulina which are very rich in phytonutrients. These make a bright green color. There are also blueberries and spinach, making the color sometimes more of a deep grey/green. Green is a GOOD color. It means nutrients, so we are okay with the green color. We find it gives Milk Dust character.
Gingerbread Cookie Lactation Shake
This lactation shake tastes like a gingerbread cookie.
These pumpkin chocolate chunk lactation bars are amazing. They taste just like a delicious bite of fall, with all the healthy ingredients new mommies need while breastfeeding. We talked about the nutritional benefits of pumpkin in our pumpkin pie lactation shake post.
Pumpkin is a seasonal ingredient that offers a big nutritional bang for your buck, and we highly recommend it for postpartum mamas. Feel free to eat all the pumpkin this season. And you can start with these lactation bars, which taste like pumpkin bread, with a sweeter twist and some chocolate chunks.
In fact, this recipe is very versatile, so you can make them into bars, bread, or muffins depending on what works best for you.
Pumpkin Chocolate Lactation Bars
These pumpkin lactation bars are topped with chocolate chunks to make an amazing, healthy bar!
1cupBirch's Paleo Pancake Mix or Paleo Baking Flour
1scoopMilk Dust Lactation Powder
1canPumpkin puree (not pie)
6packetsStevia or sweetener of choice
1-3tbspmilk of choice if needed
1/4cupchocolate chips or chocolate chunks for topping
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside. Use a mixer to blend together wet ingredients including eggs, pumpkin, stevia and honey. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. You may need to add some extra milk to help mix, depending on the flour you use. This is a thicker dough, rather than batter that you have to spread over a greased baking 8×5 or square baking pan. Pour dough into greased pan and spread out evenly. Top with chocolate chips or chopped chocolate chunks. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until fork comes out clean. Makes 12-16 bars.
These bars are actually gluten-free and full of healthy nutrients for postpartum mamas! No added sugar, low in carbs and high in protein!
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Remember, the “batter” is thicker on these. Here’s a photo that illustrates the thickness, so you know its okay to smooth it out into your pan.
Feel free to top with nuts, apple chunks, chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks like we did. It makes a big difference.
Bake, and keep an eye on the edges, as those cook faster. They taste fabulous both warm and cold the next day. You can eat them for breakfast or as dessert. Warm up with some honey or whipped cream on top, and a sprinkle of sea salt, and it won’t disappoint.
Better yet, this is LOW SUGAR! Yet it tastes so good and sweet. With all the benefits of Milk Dust, pumpkin and eggs, we promise this is a healthy dessert or breakfast to ease those sugar cravings!
This pumpkin pie lactation protein shake is so good and so filling. No need to run through the drive thru for that pumpkin spice any more! We are in love with this recipe for fall, and we hope you will be too.
There are also some amazing nutritional benefits of pumpkin! Here are some benefits you can get from adding pumpkin to your protein shake:
added vitamin A, C and E which are all antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and aid in healing
beta-carotene another amazing antioxidant
Lots of fiber to keep you full
Lutein for your brain and cognitive functioning
Great source of tryptophan to increase mood and help with sleep
So, there you have some amazing reasons to add pumpkin to your lactation smoothie. Here is our recipe to make sure your pumpkin smoothie tastes like pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin Pie Lactation Shake
Delicious and healthy pumpkin pie lactation protein shake for breastfeeding mamas to enjoy the fall, keep their milk supply and lose weight!
4tbspCalifia Pumpkin Spice Creamer or pumpkin spice creamy of choice
1tbsPumpkin pie spice
1cupmilk of choice, we used almond milk unsweetened
2tbspwhipped cream (optional)
Blend all ingredients together and serve immediately!
This pumpkin pie lactation protein shake is super creamy, just like pumpkin pie! The frozen riced cauliflower gives a better texture than ice, but a frozen banana would work well to make it sweeter. The riced cauliflower keeps the calories down, yet still protects the taste.
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This recipe for lactation banana bread, or banana bars if you prefer smaller bars for eating and packing is full of milk-boosting herbs and nutrients from Milk Dust, as well as being low-sugar, low-carb and still soft and comforting.
Because the bananas are ripe and sweet, and Milk Dust is sweet as well, you don’t need any extra granulated sugar or sweetener. Instead, we used the Truvia Honey blend that reduces the sugar content, but still tastes just like honey. We also swapped almond flour for regular flour, which dramatically reduces the blood sugar impact and carbs in the banana bread.
Standard banana bread is really good on occasion, but for a breastfeeding mama looking to stay healthy, lose some of the baby weight and keep up milk supply, this recipe is a much better option! You can eat this for breakfast, or as a snack with not guilt or sugar crashes.
Let’s get into the recipe, so you can enjoy this banana bread.
Boobie Banana Bread For Lactation
This lactation banana bread tastes just like the real thing, but is way healthier and full of milk-boosting ingredients!
Add all dry ingredients into a medium bowl. In a larger bowl, mix bananas, honey and eggs together until smooth. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased loaf pan or 9×11 pan to make bars. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Monitor the darkness of the top and sides.
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If you aren’t a smoothie fan, snack recipes like these or our green lactation muffins can be super helpful to get the positive affects of our Milk Dust, in a form that is easier to snack and pack. We also have a great “nice” cream recipe that works really well for dessert. Use code: LACTATION for 10% off your first order!
This is an amazing and simple lactation “nice” cream recipe you can literally eat every night, or for breakfast if you want too!
What is lactation “nice” cream?
Nice cream is made from frozen bananas, which blend into a creamy consistency. You can also get a similar effect with frozen avocados. Both give a texture just like ice cream! When combined with a scoop of Milk Dust, you get added protein, added flavor and sweetness, and lots of milk-boosting ingredients all in one!
Curb that nursing-sweet tooth with ice cream for breakfast!
Yes, you can absolutely eat this for breakfast if you like. Seriously, there isn’t anything “bad” or unhealthy, and it tastes so good! Or, grab some after those super late-night feeds, when you are cravings something sweet and satisfying. This will do the trick!
Add everything to a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy by adding small amounts of milk of choice to get the desired consistency for your nice cream. You can also blend fresh, then put in a pan lined with parchment paper to eat later! The key is to allow it to de-thaw for about 30 minutes in order to scoop some creamy nice scream into your bowl! The green color is from the super foods in Milk Dust. These include Chlorella, Spirulina and spinach. It makes a pretty, green color! Top with toppings of choice like berries, chocolate or nuts!