Lactation Cookies. Do They Work?
So you've decided you want to nurse! Congratulations. You're making an amazing choice. You know all the benefits so there's no need give you the rundown. Whether you've already hit a wall or you're just planning in advance, you may be questioning whether lactation cookies can offer a buffer to low milk supplies. This is my opinion on the matter: I soundly believe that covering the basics will ensure your supply will match your baby's need.
Galactogogues is a substance that increases milk supply. While there are substance that have been shown to help some women improve supply, it serves as mildly attempting to change the outcome versus fixing the source of the problem. Time consuming and expensive, a nursing mother should first consult with a professional. Many women simply are not educated on what the nursing process looks like. Many are unaware of how often breastfed babies eat. Ideally, as long as your baby is meeting milestones, peeing, and pooping, you're in the CLEAR.
Many women do experience drops in supply when they return to work. However, hormone level changes, and the frequency of the milk being removed from the breast are usually the contributing factors. Adding an additional pumping session may be the fix. Women that have had recent breast augmentation and the glandular tissue affected may benefit from a lactation aid. But again, a professional should be consulted first.
The verdict, galactogogues may aid increasing milk supply, but it shouldn't be the first thing you try. Find a breastfeeding class in your area. Get a great breastfeeding foundation during pregnancy. This will help boost your confidence and you won't feel like you're blowing in the wind. Then postpartum connect with a support group to help you through the many milestones.