lactation snacks

You’re curious about lactation snacks and using galactagogues – or, milk-boosting ingredients – to help you while you breastfeeding. Here are our top Q&As about the topic!

If I eat lactation snacks before I have my baby, will it help?

Galactagogues in and of themselves will not induce lactation. That occurs naturally upon delivery of the placenta.

Is it dangerous to eat lactation snacks while pregnant?

Not at all! Galactagogues themselves are healthy foods. Your morning oatmeal? Galactagogues. That handful of almonds you had as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up?  Galactagogues. Every day we consume galactagogues!

What is the best lactation snack if I am worried about my milk supply?

There is no one size fits all answer! If ordering and having help directly left at your doorstep is your preference, Bessie’s biggest seller is Lactation Cookies. If you’ve had one, you understand why! If you’re looking to raid your own pantry, we find that most parents already have oatmeal on hand. Making cookies, a quick bread, mixing up a cobbler with an oatmeal crumb topping, or even just eating a bowl for breakfast can often be an easy go to.

When should I start eating lactation snacks while breastfeeding?

There is never a wrong time to eat nutritious snacks! If you’re solely consuming galactagogues for a milk production boost, then you’d want to begin eating them after baby arrives.

Should I eat lactation snacks if I don’t have low milk supply?

Absolutely!!! Healthy snacking is always advisable. Just a word of caution if you do not have low supply: galactagogues may signal the body to produce more milk than baby can consume. Be mindful of changes in your body. Leaking, fullness, etc may have you needing pads or extra pumping sessions.

Every person’s body reacts differently, so these FAQs are just general answers provided by our Certified Lactation Counselor, Lyn. If you have any other questions, please seek advice from your doctor, lactation consultant, or email Lyn at