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Lactation Cookies for the Holidays

Looking for something sweet? Try one of these tasty lactation cookie recipes as part of your holiday baking. A fun way to spend time with your partner or other friends or family members, baking these delicious cookies can be a nice way to treat yourself during a holiday season full of breastfeeding or pumping.

The word galactagogue comes from the Greek words for “milk promoting” and these substances are foods, herbs, and other things that are known or thought to help the body produce milk. There isn’t much scientific data on lactation cookies, but we have some clinical evidence that some of the ingredients in lactation cookies can help your milk supply—cows have been shown to produce more milk when given brewers yeast—and anecdotally many mothers say the same is true for lactating humans. Brewer’s yeast is a common galactagogue in lactation cookies, as well as oats, which are rich in iron.

Here are popular recipes for lactation cookies (and other tasty treats!):

Oatmeal Chocolate Lactation Cookies - from How Sweet Eats

With 1000+ reviews and comments, these cookies are coming in hot. Medela adapted this classic lactation cookie recipe for their blog. 

Vegan and Gluten-Free Lactation Cookies - from Eating Bird Food

If you are looking for lactation cookies to fit a specialty diet, these gluten-free and vegan treats may be just the thing. 

Major Milk Makin' Cookies - from Dr. Momma

If you’re interested in the science behind lactation cookies, check out this post and recipe. It was created by Kathleen Major, PNP, RN in collaboration with a La Leche League leader, and boasts more protein, iron, and omega-3 than the average lactation cookie.

Lactation Brownies - from Sugar & Soul

Craving something a bit more decadent? Get your chocolate fix and you galactagogues all in one with this delicious brownie recipe.

No Bake Lactation Cookies

If you are short on time (or oven space) no bake lactation treats are a quick alternative to traditional lactation cookies. Try this recipe for easy chocolate no bake cookies from It's a Mother Thing, or these no bake energy bites from Mom Makes Dinner.

Lactation Muffins

Not so sure about cookies for breakfast? If you’d prefer morning-friendly galactagogue bake, try these blueberry lactation muffins from What Molly Made, or pumpkin chocolate chip lactation muffins from Love and Zest.

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As you can see, there are many options when it comes to lactation cookies and desserts. Many of these recipes can be adapted to suit your tastes and dietary needs. These sweet treats are a great way to connect with family and friends, indulge yourself, and boost your milk supply!

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