There's hunger and then there's nursing hunger . And as anyone who has ever breastfed a baby can tell you, it's nothing short of "eat-everything-in-the-house-and-then-search-for-what-you-dropped-in-the-couch-cushions" ravenous.
Feeding a baby is hard work and can require what feels like near-constant eating—especially if you're concerned about your milk production. Of course, there are plenty of milk-boosting foods (also called galactagogues) that you can easily fold into your daily diet, but when your hands are full or you're trapped under a sleeping baby, sometimes you just want to grab something that's easy and delicious. One of the quickest and easiest ways to satiate you both while turbo-charging your milk supply ? Lactation cookies.
What are lactation cookies?
Simply enough, lactation cookies are cookies that are made with ingredients that have been proven to help boost milk production.
Yes, you could definitely bake up some of your own —after all, the recipes generally feature easy-to-find ingredients like rolled oats, brewers yeast and flaxseeds. But if baking is (understandably) at the bottom of your priorities list, there are lots of super tasty and effective pre-packaged lactation cookies on the market today.
We've rounded up reviewer's highest-rated and most talked-about lactation cookies that can be delivered right to your door, no baking required!
If you prefer a soft-baked cookie, stock up on the pint-sized dark chocolate chip cookies from MilkBliss. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. The all-natural, fenugreek-free recipe contains milk boosting ingredients like organic whole rolled oats, GMO-free brewers yeast and organic flaxseed and come wrapped in individual serving sizes to keep them fresh.
Reviewers say: "These are absolutely amazing. I pump an extra 2 ounces each session because of these. I eat 2 in the morning and make sure I drink a lot of water. I have purchased these twice and once I ran out my supply definitely showed a difference. Highly recommend. They are expensive but they work." H. Watts
Since 1990, Munchkin has evolved into a brand that's ubiquitous with parenthood, so it's no surprise their Milkmakers Lactation Cookie Bites are Amazon's top-selling lactation snack. WIth 21k+ ratings, the bite-sized crunchy cookie packs are perfect for on-the-go snacking and made with all-natural milk boosters like oats, flaxseed and brewer's yeast. It's worth noting they're higher in calories and sugar than any other cookie on our list, so if you're keeping track of either of those things, you may want to try an alternative.
Reviewers say: "I've been breastfeeding for about 2 months now. I have been producing enough to feed my son and about 10 extra ounces a day from when I would pump. I wasn't sure if lactation cookies, teas, etc would really work but a friend told me to try it. So I bought these cookies. They actually work and I'm surprised. I'm able to pump twice as much as before and still feed my baby. It's great since I just started working and need to keep up my freezer supply. The cookies also taste pretty good too. They're small and cute and I eat 1 bag a day with a protein shake. I definitely recommend these."— Ashley
Formulated with the help of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Booby Boons are a gluten-free mama's answer to convenient milk-boosting snack attacks. The wheat, soy and corn-free cookies are made from non-GMO and 100% gluten-free ingredients to help keep you and your baby satisfied at home or on the go.
Reviewers say: "It's tough to find lactation treats that are gluten-free and don't have fenugreek (I was advised against it) but these fit the bill. I love this brand! The caramel flavor is great: not as good as the chocolate quinoa but much better than the chocolate chip. The only drawback to these cookies is that they're really expensive, but the price is consistent with other lactation boosting products I've seen and tried. I believe they helped with my milk supply so that's worth it (I had an oversupply, but my baby's a preemie so it's hard to tell). They helped make my middle of the night pumping sessions much more bearable."— Tina S.
After spending her entire career traveling the world focused on infant nutrition and developing infant nutritional products, Nunona's founder Krista Maas de Villiers became a mom. Only then did she realize she was no longer interested in the synthetic products she helped develop in the corporate world. Instead, she wanted to nourish her body and her baby with plant-based nutrients—an option that she found hard to come by. So she set to work creating the all-natural, evidence-based products the market was missing—and the result is delicious. Formulated to help improve the quality of breastmilk, Nunona's mama balls are dairy and gluten-free and made from all-natural, plant-based ingredients like nut butters, dates, brewers yeast, flaxseeds and oats.
Reviewers say: "Nursing moms know that the hunger you feel all day long is real! I felt great knowing I had a tasty snack to reach for that is made with all-natural ingredients to better nourish me and my baby! So much better than a sugary granola bar! Highly recommend!"— Stephanie
Technically not a cookie, but there's chocolate chips involved, so we're including! These convenient bars are packed with six superfoods that keep milk flowing (moringa leaf, cinnamon, shatavari root, turmeric, flaxseed, and whole grain oats), and like the rest of the brand's products, they're formulated by founder IBCLC and RN Nurse Wendy Colson. Since its launch as the first-to-market lactation bar in 2015, it's become a go-to snack for nursing mamas.
Reviewers say: "Second-time mom here... struggled with pumping enough with my first one. I would do teas, power pumps, make lactation balls, shove herbal lactation supplements down my throat, eat oatmeal out the waaazoooo, and always have to pump one more time in the morning to fill her bottles up for daycare. This time I was introduced to boobie bars from a friend and oh my gosh... these are magic bars for sure! I can always pump plenty when these are a part of my diet. I suggest putting these on your subscribe and save list, trust me they're worth it. I suggested them to a first-time mom and she texted me within the first week and said she felt like a "milk goddess". Oatmeal chocolate chip flavor for sure."— Ashley
Made for mamas by mamas, Café Baby's big and delicious cookies are baked fresh daily and made without preservatives to get you the boost you need. They're soft and chewy and made even more delicious by a quick pop in the microwave!
Reviewers say: "Loved the taste of these especially even straight from the freezer! Great snack to keep up milk supply and easy to grab. I love making some homemade lactation cookies, but nothing compares to these! Highly recommend. Plus, they have great customer service and a small business - two major pluses!"— Janae