Cookies with your milk?

Ingredients are everything! Check out this recipe,
recommended by my clients:
https://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/02/lactation-cookies/

When my sister was about to deliver her first baby, I made a big batch of lactation cookies to take to her. They were yummy and my boys ate them up before I could get them to my sister. (I made another batch and kept the boys well away!) Lactation cookies are a great way to nurture your friends and family, but do they really help increase milk production?

Elizabeth’s take on lactation cookies, shared previously on another blog.

​The best way to maximize milk production is early, frequent, and effective emptying of the breasts.  All the cookies in the world won’t change getting a good start or make up for underlying physical or hormonal challenges.  Seeing an IBCLC early in the breastfeeding journey can help determine what might be causing problems, so don’t delay getting professional help! 

Cookies can be a part of supporting milk production by boosting calories, adding beneficial and nutritious ingredients, and supporting happy hormones- feeling loved and supported allows the oxytocin to flow and thus the milk can flow as well. Calories, nutrition, and love can all be provided in other ways, but sometimes there is nothing like a cookie for a post lunch treat or afternoon boost!

Besides adding some needed calories (500 kcal more than pre-pregnancy), the ingredients in lactation cookies can support overall nutritional status and thus milk production. A few of the ingredients common in lactation cookies are considered lactogenic and may help increase supply:

• Coconut oil: healthy fats can increase the fat in milk

• Seeds: contain tryptophan that helps produce serotonin that can help produce prolactin• Nuts: contain minerals, good oils, and tryptophan.

• Flaxseed: relieves constipation, is lactogenic

• Oats: contain tryptophan, saponins (hormone precursors), phytoestrogens, beta-glucan (increases prolactin)

• Nutritional yeast: contains b vitamins , protein, and phytoestrogen.

(reference: Motherfood by Hilary Jacobson)

Snuggle up skin to skin with your baby and eat some cookies! As part of a balanced (or as balanced as you can as a new parent) diet and good hydration, lactation cookies can help support milk production, make up for some calorie deficits, and make you happy!

Happy Eating!

-Elizabeth

Nourishing Nutrition for Milk Production

Nutrition holds great power and you can harness this resource to support human milk production. Below you will find a curated list of milk stimulating and sustaining foods to guide one along the journey.

Generally speaking, lactating individuals should eat regular meals and snacks. Don’t skip breakfast! Enjoy a variety of foods. Eat to satisfaction and drink as you are thirsty.

You can increase the fat content of your milk (and support baby’s growth) by eating virgin olive oil, coconut oil and/or milk, sesame seed oil, flaxseed, cream, butter and eggs. Avoid fats like margarine and shortening.

Foods that help you make milk:

Meats – chicken, turkey, venison, crab and squid

Grains – barley, oatmeal, cornmeal, buckwheat, rice, quinoa, amaranth

Breads – whole-grain bread & crackers, pumpernickel & rye, moshi, rice cakes

Legumes – chickpeas/garbanzo beans (hummus baby!), lentils, mung beans, and kidney, black and white beans, plus lima & green beans, peas

Unsalted nuts and seeds – sesame seeds, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cashews and pecans

Fruit : dried – apricots, dates, figs; fresh – apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, sweet cherries, figs, papaya, all berries

Vegetables – asparagus, artichokes, snow peas, sugar snap peas, dark leafy greens like lettuces, spinach, water cress, and carrots, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, Swiss chard, sweet potato and potato

Spreads, Spices & More – tahini, gomasio, almond butter; sea salt, cumin, fenugreek, fennel, dill, caraway, aniseed, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, basil, marjoram, black peppercorn; onion, garlic, ginger root, rice-milk, almond-milk, coconut milk or flakes, seaweeds, honey, malt in any form

With so many options to support milk production, avoiding the few that could potentially diminish milk supply seems feasible. There are a few foods that may diminish milk supply:

Soft drinks, carbonated beverages; coffee, black tea, green tea; chocolate; citric acid in foods/juice, orange and other citrus juices; Vitamin C or B6 supplements; and Aspartame

Herbs – (small amounts ok, but large quantities even in gum or tea can interfere with milk supply) rosemary, thyme, peppermint, spearmint, sage, parsley

Much of this list is inspired by Hilary Jacobson, author of the book Mother Food. You can visit her site Mother Food for more information, additional reading and other means of lactation support.

Look what is new!

We have the joy of doing what we love here at Lactation Care with Elizabeth. And we found others that love it too! Over the past several months, as many of you already know, we have added to our team. We love our clients and want to be available as needed. More clients, clients having babies, babies having procedures, life changes, and so forth meant adding fantastic IBCLCs to the rotation so we really can meet you where you are on your breastfeeding journey.

We want you to meet the new members of the team and get to know them. At Lactation Care with Elizabeth, we love getting to know our clients – both parents and baby – and seeing into such an important part of your lives. Read more about the ladies on our website: http://www.lactationcarewithelizabeth.com/about.