Low milk supply can have a variety of causes – it is often difficult to pinpoint exactly what the problem is, sometimes it is a combination of factors. Suggestions such as plenty of rest, lots of skin to skin, co-bathing, good latch and attachment are good starting points. Regular pumping if Mum and baby are separated (at least 8 times in 24 hours) as well as breast compressions if a baby frequently falls asleep at the breast. Remember that breastfeeding is not considered to be established until 6 weeks postnatally.
Suggestions for increasing milk supply:
- Fenugreek capsules.
- Fennel tea.
- Domperidone (motilium) – can be purchased over-the-counter but only in small quantities, better to get it on prescription
- You can also buy Mothers Milk/Nursing tea from health food shop which is fennel based with a few other things added in.
- Avoid peppermint (tea included)
- Avoid parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
- Rene suggests women use something called Tiger milk. .. something like a banana and milk and brewers yeast.
- Goat’s Rue – either tincture or herb
- Accupressure points to stimulate letdown
- Nicky Wesson’s Galactagogue Tea, 100g costs £8 and is available from her. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8941 5775
- Wonderful website called www.lowmilksupply.org which has lots of information.
- Lactation cookies (recipe below)
Lactation cookie recipe:
- 1/2 cup low fat butter (for a healthier option, use organic, virgin coconut oil instead which is super good for you!)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (if wanting to reduce sugar, you could try just 1/2 cup)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (can be found at any local health food store or on Amazon)
- 1 egg
- 2-3 tablespoons of water (depends if you prefer moister cookies)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (optional, for flavour)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, for flavour)
- 1-2 tablespoons of brewers yeast (do not substitute with bakers yeast or any other yeast).
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (use himalayan salt if possible)
- 1 & 1/2 cups oats (get the thicker cut oats if you can)
- OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup of your fave biscuit ingredients (see suggested list below).
DO NOT leave out or substitute the brewers yeast for any other products or yeasts… it’s one of the main ingredients that makes them work.
Nutritional yeast and bakers yeast are different – don’t use these
Lactation Cookies Recipe – Method
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar then add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flaxseed and water, let sit for a few minutes before adding to mix.
- Add the dry ingredients (apart from the oats and your additional ingredients) and mix well again.
- Finally, stir in the oats and your additional ingredient.
- Make the biscuits (I use a desert spoon as a rough size guide) and place them onto a lightly greased or lined baking tray. Flatten them a little with your fingers or a spatula – if you like a soft centre, don’t squish them down too much. If you like you can just make them into balls – I do this and love the soft centre!
Bake for around 10-12 minutes depending on how well cooked/crunchy you like your biscuits – I prefer them a little soft and lightly cooked.
“I know they worked for me, because I squirted after eating them for a bit, and I hadn’t done that for months”. — PumpkinZulu
Boosting Your Lactation Cookies For Better Results
Try the original recipe first, but if you don’t notice much of an increase in supply, add more brewers yeast, and if you like, more flax seed meal too (don’t forget to increase the water to match). Add a tablespoon of water for each tablespoon of flaxseed meal. If the lactation cookies aren’t working or just for supply issues in general, please seriously consider getting some reliable help from the ABA/La Leche League or an IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) as mentioned at the start of the article.
Lactation Cookies – Ingredient and Variation Ideas
There are so many delicious ingredients you can add to your lactation cookies to flavour them up! You might like to add coconut, banana, grated apple, choc chips, sultanas, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, chopped dried apricots, chopped prunes, dates – the list is endless.
Our members have made variations to this recipe by using these delicious combinations:
- Coconut and banana
- Choc chip and cranberry
- Dried apricot and white chocolate
- Apple cinnamon: 1 tsp cinnamon instead of vanilla, 1/2 cup chopped dried apple and 1/2 cup sultanas.
- For a healthier cookie, substitute some or all of the butter for virgin coconut oilwhich is SO good for your body (inside and out) with a mountain of benefits, including anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Choose an organic oil if you can. Virgin coconut oil is best – avoid the refined/blended products for best results. Coconut oil is surprisingly in solid form and not an oil, but this is normal. For more benefits of coconut oil, visit the Coconut Research Center website.
- For a more fibre rich, healthier flour, use half or all coconut flour (you may need to add in an extra egg). If you only have regular white flour, that is fine to use, but remember that it’s the most unhealthy flour for you. Source: Belly Belly