New mothers have long been stuffed with bizarre advice to stimulate lactation – from a pint of Guinness to a bowl of porridge.
Lactation cookies are the latest suggestion in which breastfeeding women share their success stories on forums and social media.
Now an expert has said that there is no evidence to support the healthy cookies – but added that it is no harm to smash the cupboards anyway.
An expert has warned that there is no evidence that cookies can help with breastfeeding. In the photo a new mother is posing with her baby and cookies on Instagram
Lactation cookies are the newest on the trendy market for new mothers. Franjos Kitchen sells lactation cookies and says: & # 39; We know our friends help mothers & # 39;
There are many anecdotics from mothers who claim that their breast milk supply has increased after just one cookie. Shown reviews for Jane & # 39; s Happy Baby, which sells a two-month subscription service, which offers 10 dozen cookies for £ 155.22 ($ 189.50)
Evelyn Volders, a qualified lactation consultant at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, said: & # 39; Lactation cookies or cookies will not harm women. & # 39;
But writing in one piece The conversation, she added & # 39; there is also no evidence that they can promote milk flow & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Breastfeeding mothers almost all question their milk supply, and naturally look for solutions to ensure that their milk flow meets the needs of the baby & # 39 ;, she added.
Women have made companies from their own kitchen and sent home-made cookies around the world.
Lactation cookies contain oats, linseed and brewer's yeast, all of which are galactogogen – substances that promote breastfeeding.
Galactogogen, which works by increasing the production of the hormone prolactin, can come from natural sources such as plants or be synthetic.
There is little evidence that galactogogen food sources actually increase milk supply, such as galactogogen medication. Pictured, Made to Milk & # 39; s & # 39; milk-boosting & # 39; cookies
Studies have shown that some drugs, such as metoclopramide and especially domperidone, are effective.
& # 39; But there is very little evidence to support specific food to increase milk supply, & # 39; said Mrs. Volders, also associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at Monash University.
THE INGREDIENTS: WHAT GOES IN LACTATION COOKIES
Registered dietitian and nutritionist Maya Feller gave an overview of the ingredients that are most commonly used in lactation cookies and how they are thought to influence the production of breast milk.
A good source of fiber and supplies potassium, iron, proteins and calcium. Feller said: & # 39; Oats may be suggested because they are a major source of iron and iron deficiency may be associated with a reduced milk supply. & # 39;
Offers an abundance of omega 3 and fibers, making it an antioxidant category.
May interact with warfarin (for blood thinning).
& # 39; If people use both blood sugar lowering drugs and lipid lowering drugs, they would like to tell their health care provider if they regularly use large amounts, & # 39; said Feller, referring to recent studies that have found that there is a lowering effect for both blood sugar and lipids.
Although it is thought to be a galactaguogue, there is not enough science to support & # 39; but it is very nutritious and provides iron, vitamin and protein.
An article evaluating sources of galactogogen was published in 2018 in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine by associate professor Wendy Brodribb and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
They wrote: & # 39; Many (grown) also have traditional foods and herbs for postpartum women that are meant to increase mother's strength and improve lactation
& # 39; Although the fact that these herbs have been used for centuries without apparent damage is reassuring, there is also little or no scientific evidence for their effectiveness or safety. & # 39;
It is not clear why oats, linseed and brewer's yeast have become known for the possible stimulation of milk supply, together with other foods such as thistle.
Many cultures have their own remedies for increasing milk supply, and it is likely that old traditions have been marketed.
Lactation cookies can be purchased online or in stores. Most sell 12 cookies for around £ 13.29 ($ 16.22) and offer an ongoing subscription.
There are also online recipes where mothers get anecdotal success stories and claim they had an increase in milk intake after eating just one cookie.
A mother wrote a review on the recipe site bellybelly.com: & # 39; YES, they WORK! …
& # 39; I grease a few bikkies and drink a large drink of water. I feel my breasts expand with fresh milk! & # 39;
Mother of Three Jennifer Acuna told DailyMail.com in 2017 that she has become a full-fledged entrepreneur who has launched so much success with her cookies that she has to move her business from her own small kitchen in Pennsylvania to a 2400 m² bakery.
If a mother believes that cookies – or another remedy for the home – will treat her low milk supply, this may work because of the placebo effect, Volders suggested.
She said: “A small study into the use of herbal supplements in breastfeeding identified confidence was an important reason for using these products.
& # 39; And we know for mothers that confidence in their ability to successfully breastfeed can play a role in the duration and success of breastfeeding. & # 39;
As long as the cookies are not eaten too much and are part of a healthy diet, there is no reason to stop eating them.
Especially since breastfeeding women have an increased energy requirement, Mrs. Volders said.
Lactation cookies contain three ingredients – oats, linseed and beer yeast – that are believed to be galactogogues. Pictured, bosom cookies
There are many anecdotics from mothers who claim that their breast milk supply has increased after just one cookie. Depicted, milk and cookies by jewelry
But the expert said it is best for women who are concerned about their milk supply to see a professional who will be able to judge if there is a problem and how to treat it.
They will be able to come up with a number of evidence-based treatments, or tips as mentioned by the NHS.
One way to stimulate breast milk supply, for example, is to express some milk after the feeding is completed.
Mrs. Volders said: “The simplest way to produce more milk is to feed more, because the body responds to increased nutrition through the prolactin and therefore to increase milk production.
& # 39; For women who are concerned about a low milk supply, it is not wise to rely solely on lactation cookies. & # 39;
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BORST IS THE BEST, DURING RESEARCH
According to the World Health Organization, the only way a baby can be guaranteed optimal growth, development and health is by breastfeeding exclusively.
This means that the baby consumes only breast milk for six months – except for the option to add vitamin D supplements.
The American Academy of Pediatric (AAP) also recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months.
Both bodies then recommend gradually introducing solids, but continue to breastfeed for up to two years.
There have been decades of research that demonstrates the benefits of breast over bottle.
Former surgeon-general Regina Benjamin outlined the most important points in a historical report in 2013.
It is crucial that breastfeeding protects babies against infections and diseases such as diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia.
Breastfeeding babies are less likely to develop asthma because their immune system is stimulated by their mother's nutrients.
It has also been shown that at least six months of exclusive breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity and cot death (SIDS) of a baby.
Breastfeeding mothers have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
The primary problem with bottle feeding is financial: it can be costly for many parents who struggle with the economic burden of a new baby.
While 75 percent of mothers start breastfeeding, only 13 percent still breastfeed after six months.
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