All the lactating ladies, put ya hands up! (Beyonce's new hit single, coming soon!) I've made no-bake lactation cookies with fenugreek and brewer's yeast that actually work! And they're vegan and gluten-free, so they should fit with most dietary restrictions.
How long does it take for no-bake lactation cookies to increase milk supply?
My Instagram DM list is miles long with multiple conversations around this issue. I've been informed that is takes three to four days to see an adjustment in your milk supply.
For the best results with increasing your milk supply, you must do the following:
- power pump every hour for about five minutes
- nurse often
- make sure you are drinking at least half your body weight of water in ounces
- eat plenty of calories
- get ample sleep
- aaaand keep your stress level low
Easy, right? #saidnomomever
But, hey! Eating these cookies can help with the stress! I know! Take a bath while eating them. In candlelight. Throw some Enya on for good measure.
Also, my pediatrician suggested taking fenugreek, along with all the other tips I already suggested. It's been scientifically proven in studies to boost milk supply up to 30%.
Some evidence suggests that fenugreek is bad for hypothyroidism
If you have hypothyroidism, it is recommended that you do not use fenugreek to boost milk supply. It has been shown in studies to decrease thyroid hormone production. That means it will not increase your milk supply, and could actually do the opposite!
To overcome this obstacle and still make these cookies, simply omit the fenugreek in this recipe, because it is still full of other ingredients that are shown to boost milk supply. You could also swap in moringa leaf powder, but the taste is a little strong.
What do no-bake lactation cookies with fenugreek and brewer's yeast taste like, though?
I'm going to be ruthlessly honest with you: lactation cookies that truly work don't taste OMG delicious. I'm not looking for something that tastes like an honest-to-goodness chocolate chip cookie when searching for an effective lactation cooke recipe. That's because real lactation cookies have all the slightly weird-tasting ingredients in them. And if I want a chocolate chip cookie, well, I'll make freaking chocolate chip cookies. (You should make these chocolate chip cookies, since we're on the subject.)
ALSO. It's important you use a good quality brewer's yeast. I purchased this brand and think it's one of the best brands available.
These no-bake lactation cookies with fenugreek and brewer's yeast are made to actually improve your milk supply. When you spend your precious cash monies on supplements to get the milk flowing, we better get the results! Ya feel me?
These bites do the trick.
So, Abbey, are you saying these cookies are terrible? (Said in a high-pitched, slightly creepy Jim Gaffigan voice.)
Which reminds me of my all-time favorite quote in the history of ever!
"But truly, women are amazing. Think about it this way: a woman can grow a baby inside her body. Then a woman can deliver the baby through her body. Then, by some miracle, a woman can feed a baby with her body. When you compare that to the male's contribution to life, it's kind of embarrassing, really.” - Jim Gaffigan
I digress. But it's sort of relevant? I mean, we deserve cookies and massages and all the good things in life because of the reasons listed in the above quote. (And to decrease our stress, which is DOCTOR'S ORDERS!)
When my husband starts complaining about his body hurting, I always make a point to recite this quote to him. Especially when I've been pregnant. I KNOW you feel me on this one.
I double digress.
So, do these no-bake lactation cookies taste good?
Yes! Within reason. They are not terrible! I found that giving them an overnight chill helps even out the flavors. Honestly, they taste rather good considering they are loaded with ample servings of fenugreek and brewer's yeast. They simply have a bit of a yeasty aftertaste to them, which is to be expected. But! I made sure to add in chocolate chips, dates, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon to make these sweet and chocolatey. See, they are full of goodies, too!
I guess what I'm saying is that these are the best-tasting, MOST EFFECTIVE no-bake lactation cookies you will find. Period. (Okay, that really was a "no pun intended" situation, but as I am rereading this copy, it's actually hilarious. Or maybe I'm just tired?)
Go make these no-bake lactation cookies with fenugreek if you need a milk supply boost! They'll do the trick. Grab the recipe below!
No-Bake Lactation Cookies with Fenugreek (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
- Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, and peanut butter to a food processor. Add in dates and blend until chopped.
- Add in oatmeal, flaxseed, chia seeds, brewer's yeast. Break fenugreek capsules and add in powder. Add in chocolate chips, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pulse to blend until mixed and the dough pulls together.
- Use a small cookie scoop to form them into drop-sized cookies. You can eat them immediately, but for best results, place in a sealed container and chill one hour or overnight. Snack on them as needed to boost milk supply!