Sponsored: Lactation cookies
Q: Do "lactation cookies" work?
A: One of the newer food fads for a parent having difficulty with their milk supply are what are called "lactation cookies". In most cases these cookies don't look or taste much different than a regular cookie. Lactation cookies are often made with oatmeal and have additional ingredients like flaxseed or herbs (fenugreek). There is little to no research to support the fact that these cookies work to increase milk supply. As you might imagine, it would be difficult to do this sort of research since there are a variety of different types of cookies and recipes. There is also not a lot of good research on the efficacy of the herbs that might be added to these cookies and what sort of effect they might have on the infant.
These cookies may be quite pricey at $1-$2/per cookie.
Talk to a pediatrician if you have concerns about whether your child is receiving an adequate supply of milk. A lactation expert can also be consulted on ways to increase milk supply. These include: being adequately hydrated (drinking enough fluid), getting enough rest as well as food/calories and to try pumping more frequently to increase milk supply.
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian