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Breastfeeding can sometimes be hard enough without having to worry about your milk supply drying up or not producing enough to satisfy your little one. Here are some great dos and don’ts to help you boost your milk supply. Along with some things to avoid that can cause it to slow. I pumped for 8-15 months with both of my daughters, so I’ve dealt with the struggles and stress involved. Trust me, you aren’t alone. I felt like I was struggling with how to boost my milk supply and how to produce more milk while pumping nearly every day. Feel free to reach out if you have additional questions. I pumped every meal and used breastfeeding bottles for both of my girls because I couldn’t nurse at the breast. This is a list of things my lactation specialist mentioned to me, along with items that I bought and used during my pumping journey.

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Things to avoid while breastfeeding because it will lower your milk supply

  • Stress: There is a reason doctors always ask “Are you under a lot of stress lately?” Because it affects our entire bodies, your milk supply can suffer also. Try to do something to relax and give yourself a break.
  • Poor Latch: If the baby is not latching properly, they are also not getting a lot of milk at each feeding. Which causes your body to think that it has produced enough. This could be for any reason, position, tongue-tied or high pallet (which mine had).
  • Do's & Dont's on How to Boost Your Milk Supply | Lactation Cookie Recipe (2)Alcohol: Alcohol suppresses lactation. It also transfers to your bloodstream and, therefore, your milk. It takes 30 to 90 minutes after your last drink for your milk to be clear of the alcohol.
  • Nicotine: Heavy smoking can affect your supply as well. Not to mention it’s terrible for your baby. It causes low weight, colic, and respiratory infections. JUST DON’T DO IT.
  • Decongestants / Antihistamines: Both of these are made to dry you out, which also means your milk! These can cause it to lower milk supply very fast in some cases, so unless you just have unbearable allergies, try to tough it out.
  • Birth Control: Your doctor wouldn’t advise you to be on any birth control while you are nursing, but if they did, it would be Progestin-only. It’s on the “Probably safe” list. But you should avoid Estrogen types of birth control.
  • Foods and items that cause colic: Along with things that can deplete your milk supply, there are some things that can also be causing your baby colic.

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Do's & Dont's on How to Boost Your Milk Supply | Lactation Cookie Recipe (3)So those are some things that may be causing your low milk supply. Here are some ways to boost your milk supply aside from having your baby nurse as much as possible. Even if it seems nothing is coming out to keep your baby at the breast for physical stimulation.Do's & Dont's on How to Boost Your Milk Supply | Lactation Cookie Recipe (4)

A variety of prescription medications and natural products have been used as galactagogues—medications that induce lactation.

Proven Ways to Boost Your Milk Supply

  • Water: Drink tons of water! Your body needs it to make milk. When you are feeling “low” drink ’til you’re swimming! Get yourself a great water bottleDo's & Dont's on How to Boost Your Milk Supply | Lactation Cookie Recipe (5)to keep with you at all times.
  • Fenugreek: The best way to get this is in a Tea. There is one you can find in your grocery store in the natural foods section called Mother’s Milk Tea. You can also find Red Raspberry Tea. But the one that worked the best for me was the Gaia Herbs Lactation Support. You’ll smell like maple syrup, but this brand and my lactation cookies were the only things that helped.
  • Brewers Yeast: You can drink a beer a day, and you’ll see a huge difference. But if you don’t like beer, you can get Brewer’s Yeast tablets or powder to add to food. For the best brewers yeast for lactation try this one, it has amazing reviews!If you don’t want to put it into recipes, try it in tablet form.
  • Flax Seed / Oatmeal: Eat a bowl of oatmeal, easy! Check out the recipe below for a yummy way to boost your supply. Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite. They have quality products!
  • Reglan: If the above natural forms don’t work, ask your doctor about taking Reglan. It is a prescription that can also help boost your milk supply. It does have some serious side effects, though, and you should know all the risks before using it. The FDA has required it to have a black-label warning. Try natural methods first.

If you don’t want to bake, you can do the next best thing and get Lactation CookiesDo's & Dont's on How to Boost Your Milk Supply | Lactation Cookie Recipe (6)Lactation Tea, or Lactation bar!

Lactation Cookie Recipe – Boost Your Milk Supply

Here is a great recipe for Lactation Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I made these from my regular Chocolate Chip recipe but with the main milk-boosting ingredients.
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Lactation Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time9 minutes mins

Total Time19 minutes mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Dessert

Servings: 10 servings

Author: Meghan Cooper


  • 1 Cup 2 sticks of butter softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal
  • 2-4 Tbsp Debittered Brewers Yeast* see my note below
  • 2 Cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Cup Rolled Oats
  • Bag of Chocolate Chips
  • 6-8 Tbsp Water*


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a large mixing bowl mix your softened butter, eggs, sugars, and vanilla extract together.

  • After it is well-blended add in your flaxseed meal and brewer’s yeast.

  • Then fold in your oats. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda to your mix.

  • You will need some water to soften up this mix so start with 4 Tbsp and work your way up one tbsp at a time until it is a good consistency.

  • Lastly, add your chocolate chips. Spoon Tbsp sized balls onto your cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes.


*Depending on how low your milk supply is will depend on how much Brewer’s Yeast you should put in. If you use 4 Tbsp it will be more bitter. Make sure your Brewer’s Yeast is “Reduced Bitterness” or try using a little more sugar to balance this. The water will also depend on this as well. This dough is very dry so adding water helps.

Please be advised: This article is based on anecdotal evidence. I pumped for both of my girls for a year, so I had lots of trouble making enough milk. These are all things that I have done and experienced firsthand with breastfeeding. My Lactation Cookies were made with Whole Wheat Flour, so they are darker than your cookies will be. 😉 If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment or contact me, and I would be happy to answer.

Meghan Cooper

Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee.Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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