By Wendy Colson RN, IBCLC, RLC
As a breastfeeding or pumping mom, we know that maintaining your milk supply is always top of mind. So it’s no doubt that you’ve heard of lactation bars. Some moms sweat by lactation snacks at moms groups and on facebook groups as a way they boosted their milk supply. So, the question is- do lactation cookies and lactation treats really work?
What Are Lactation Bars?
Lactation snacks can come in a variety of forms such as bites, bars and cookies. They contain ingredients commonly known to help increase your milk supply such as oatmeal, flax seed and lactogenic herbs (known as galactogogues).
Do Lactation Snacks Work?
Yes! Lactation snacks and lactation bars are a great addition to your breastfeeding routine, especially if you are trying to increase your milk supply. When eaten regularly, not only do lactation cookies work, but they can be a part of keeping your nourished and energized throughout the day.
Are Lactation Bars Good?
While many bars contain these milk boosting ingredients, not all bars are created equal so ensuring you look for a lactation bar with high quality ingredients is essential. In comparison to lactation cookies, lactation bars are:
- lower in sugar
- contain more fiber
- contain fewer ingredients and fillers
What Makes BOOBIE* Lactation Bars Different From Other Lactation Snacks?
BOOBIE* Bar only uses quality ingredients that are non gmo, vegan and gluten free and never use artificial ingredients. Not only are lactation bars good for increasing milk supply, but they are good for you too!
What Are Lactation Cookies?
BOOBIE* lactation bars use:
- Proprietary herb blend
- 6 milk boosting superfoods (moringa, turmeric, flax seed, oats and shatavari
- 6g of fiber to keep you full and support gut health
Common Lactation Bar Q & A:
How long does it take for lactation bars to work?
For optimal support, we recommend consuming 1 or more bars daily as a snack or as a meal (paired with some protein and fat for sustainable energy!) for best milk boosting results. Eating bars consistently helps support milk supply- so enjoy one before a breastfeeding or pump session along with some water.
When should you start using lactation bars?
As you and your baby continue to find a good routine with breastfeeding your milk supply will increase. Because a great breastmilk supply requires optimal hydration, good nutrition and frequent feeding, you can use lactation bars as early as day 1 postpartum and throughout your breastfeeding journey.
Will eating lactation bars cause an oversupply?
If you’ve got a great milk supply you can still enjoy lactation bars! Since many of the ingredients found in lactation bars are nutrient dense they will help you continue to make the milk your baby needs.
Will eating lactation bars cause me to gain weight?
It’s important to keep balance in mind with any foods we eat. Since our lactation bars are made from clean, nutrient dense ingredients you can enjoy them alongside a variety of foods to help support weight management.
Looking for more lactation snack ideas? Check our our blog here for delicious lactation snacks.