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Lactation Cookie recipe to increase Milk supply: The results are in!

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My delicious milk supply saving grace :Lactation Cookies

My delicious milk supply saving grace :Lactation Cookies


[UPDATE: The link to my galactogogue experience is now incuded below]
So Im a leaky boob kinda girl. As in, when I feed my baby girl, its best I hold a cup under the other boob, so that I can catch all the milk that my rather overactive/multiple let-down(s) were pumping out. However, with the obvious drop in supply that I was going through, it was so low I was no longer even leaking. In fact, my let down wasn’t much to speak of any more. And took forever to even show itself – a lovely frustration for my little nursling who had come to enjoy the sudden gush of milk.

And come pump time, my glorious days of pumping out 200ml in less than 10min were long gone. I was only managing about 40ml in total. (which was even less than what I would collect in that cup from just leaking.) And dont talk about the mastitis-ruined boob, which was then only contributing about 15 of those 40ml.

But then, if you recall from my previous post, I found a recipe for lactation cookies, and I immediately got cracking in the kitchen. After just an

hour after consuming two dessert spoons of the raw cookie dough, I was back to my leaky self. Well, almost. That night, after feeding, there still wasn’t much happening in the way of a let-down or pumping, but by the next morning ( and about 2 sessions of eating 2 biscuits at a time) my supply had DOUBLED!

I poop you not. Doubled, my friends. Doubled.

I had gone from 40ml to 80ml in less than 24 hours. This was highly encouraging – as if I needed an actual reason to eat more cookies. I continued my diligent pumping sessions of about every five hours, along with my cookie munching schedule (tough job, I know).

Actually, it IS a bit tough when you have a demanding job, with plenty of meetings and still have to fit in a pump session or two. But I am determined to at least get through winter to ensure my baby girl has the best form of immunity to the bacteria and virus war land that is my toddler’s crèche.

By the end of day four, when I had consumed most of the cookies ( I may have made them a touch too big, and thus yielded less cookies than I should have), I believe I had hit my plateau. Maybe if I had more time and energy to truly put in a very good pumping schedule, I would have gotten back to my former milk supply glory. But I have to be realistic about my situation, and realities of life. This was the best I could just about manage, given my circumstances. Most importantly, it was doing the job – my honey bunch smally was not getting any of the bugs brought home by my biggy. Massive thanks to that star who posted that recipe! *mwah*

Back in business, baby!Everyone feels great after a good pump ;)

Back in business, baby!Everyone feels great after a good pump 😉

Now, I can confidently say these lactation cookies work like da bomb for me. (For the recipe I used and also where I found it, have a look here.) They worked much better than any other galactogogue Ive ever tried – and I think I may have tried 80% of them out there.(a post on that here!!) They even worked faster than what fenugreek capsules worked for me. However, these cookies went into super sayan mode when combined WITH fenugreek tablets. I did this with my second batch of cookies I made. I also upped the flaxseed meal by ½ tablespoon and the brewers yeast by about a teaspoon. So if you’re in need of milk supply turbo boost, this combo could just be the thing that does it for you.

For even more supportive results, have a look-see at the original site from whence this recipe comes. Clearly Im not a once off case., which is also evident by the comments I received on my original posting of this lactation cookie recipe. Scroll down to the comments area of that post here, if you’re interested in what a few others had to say.

Why not go have a look-see at their awesome site? Or even better give this recipe a try and let me know what its done for you!

Just remember whatever you choose to use to help increase your supply, understand that breastmilk supply works purely on “supply and demand” basis. So if you’re not constantly and regulalry having the milk removed from the breast, whether by baby feeding or through expressing (thereby creating the “demand”), your breasts will get the message that there’s not much of a demand, therefore will start to decrease the supply. Yes, adding a pumping regime can be tiring, and depending on your circumstances, sometimes just not feasible. But if you’re deadset on getting your milk supply up or even to just it going, this very basic principle is whats going to get your milk back up there. The galactogogues just help you along.

Happy leaking, ladies!

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Author: mommabeartrax

Mother of two (and counting), pregnant with the third and have a sweet little angel in heaven. A very happy wifey, blogger, lover of life and laughter, a clumsy swimmer, loyal friend, Im funnier in my head than I actually am, I am a qualified HypnoBirthing Child Birth Educator, I get inexplicably excited about good food, baking & crafts. Although, I think baking and crafts are just trying to fill a void that my Kenpo and gym-rat days used to fill. Lastly, according to the rest of the world, I fix your printer. But I'm actually a Software Architect.

10 thoughts on “Lactation Cookie recipe to increase Milk supply: The results are in!

  1. I can honestly say that I am really upset that you did not start this blog sooner! So much useful information. When I first had pitjie I was so over whelmed by it all…your blog is such an inapiration. Irrespective of the fact that I am no longer breastfeeding feeding. Please keep it going, I know it cant be easy juggling it all…However I have come to realise you are a bit of a super mom (all you need is the red cape):)

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    • St1g1&Pitjie, I am absolutely humbled by the fact that you find this blog useful-makes me feel like I’m doing something right. And yes, completely agree, it can all be overwhelming. There’s just so much to deal with and learn on the fly. But thats what other moms are there for, to lend that helping hand or understanding ear and spill the beans on any mommy-life hacks! Ps. Dont think I’m quite ready for that red cape yet. So keep it on you, its a good fit! 😉

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  2. What a fabulous looking bake! Keep it up! (^___^)b

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    • Why thank you, mydearbakes! HUGE compliment coming from someone who is surrounded by awesome bakes all the time. (Just checked out your blog now – beauuuutiful!) I have a couple of draft baking posts of my own, with all my little fondant cakes and cookie creations Ive been busy with over last few months for kids. They’ve just been kinda hanging there in limbo. But I think you’ve inspired me enough to get those posts and pix up.Definitely will be revisiting your blog for more baking inspiration. x

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  3. I have shared this with a colleague at work whose supply is dwindling, due to the fast and also reduced frequency of express sessions during the work day. Will ask her to give feedback as well x

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    • olive&rose10, thank you for sharing the post. Everything of the best to you colleague. She can do it!She shouldnt for one moment think that she cant get it back, it just takes a bit of commitment – like anything else worth doing in life. And with willing support from ppl like you, theres no doubt. Pls do keep us updated with her situation.x

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  6. I’m going to try this!!! My first baby is three months old and weighs 2 kgs less than she’s supposed to… freaking out a little bit! My doctor’s still calm and even though she would probably rather die than tell someone to stop breastfeeding, she did start looking concerned last weigh-in when she hadnt picked up any weight! I’m doing jungle juice and brewers yeast right now (was picking up, then I got sick), but going to try the fenugreek and cookies as well… desperate here. Thank you soooooo much for your blog, its really encouraging to know I’m not alone. And nice to hear from a South African, not an American like all the other blogs!

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    • Hi Febe! Im so glad you came across my blog and I hope that you really do try those cookies. Also search a bit on my blog for other breastfeeding bits. I had such an array of issues, each of which I managed to overcome…all of which ive shared on my blog. Because they worked for me and believe that it will work for many other women. (Perhaps not all, as we all have some small differences in our body) So please check them out.
      Other bits of advice that I was given and would like to share with you is to get as much rest as possible, drink copious amounts of fluids, AND as difficult as it may be, try to do some laid back mothering ( see herehttps://themilkmemoirs.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/mastitis-my-personal-slice-of-breastfeeding-hell-and-how-to-remedy-it/) You may not have mastitis but that style of bfeeding made that my baby picked up so quickly over the next few weeks post birth. And maybe ditch any feeding schedules and let, as far as possible, baby drink for any and all reason. (The schedule is mostly only helpful to ensure that baby doesn’t go LONGER than 2 to 3 hours without milk.) So if baby wants to drink every 30 min, so be it. May be tiring – like “shoot me now im dead tiring”- but its moatly short lived and it may cery well give you the results you’re looking for.

      Lastly yes, I know what you mean about the US blogs. There are plenty very helpful ones, but its even more helpful when its from one’s own country so you know that those products and resources are also available.
      Good luck with it all. You got this momma!!! (Please feel free to ask any questions and to browse through all my bfeeding or other posts)

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