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Can Oreo cookies boost your milk supply?

Updated: May 15


When it comes to breastfeeding, there's no shortage of wild advice, old wives' tales, and unconventional remedies passed down through generations (and internet mommy groups). But among the myriad of suggestions, Oreos has recently grabbed my attention. Yes, you read that right – Oreos supposedly have the power to ramp up breastmilk production. But before you reach for that cookie jar in hopes of a lactation miracle, let's take a closer look at the science behind this delicious claim.


Unraveling the Mystery

As a cookie lover myself, I couldn't help but wonder if there was something to this Oreo Cookie lactation hack. While there's a lack of scientific studies explicitly dedicated to the effects of Oreos on breastmilk supply, anecdotal evidence from mothers is ALL OVER the internet and shared enthusiastically in the mommy groups I follow. Below, I explore some possible explanations for why Oreos might be credited with boosting milk production.


  1. Soy Lecithin Oreos contain soy lecithin, a common emulsifier used in many processed foods. Some believe that soy-based products can positively influence lactation. In fact, Lecithin does appear to help some mothers prevent blocked ducts. It may do this by decreasing milk's viscosity (stickiness) and increasing the percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids.  Still, no evidence suggests that Soy Lecithin increases milk supply. Furthermore, the recommended dosage of Soy Lecithin is 3600-4800 mg daily. You are unlikely to consume anywhere near this much when eating Oreos.

  2. Calories Breastfeeding requires additional calories to support milk production, and Oreos certainly pack a caloric punch. With their combination of sugar, fat, and carbohydrates, Oreos provide a quick energy boost that could theoretically support lactation. However, relying on sugary snacks for sustenance is not the healthiest approach and may negatively affect overall well-being.

  3. Oxytocin Oxytocin, often called the "love hormone," plays a crucial role in lactation by stimulating the let-down reflex. It’s possible that indulging in a yummy treat like Oreos could trigger the release of oxytocin, thereby facilitating milk flow. While there's merit to the idea that relaxation and enjoyment can support breastfeeding, the direct link between Oreos and oxytocin release remains speculative and would certainly vary from person to person.


The Verdict

While the allure of Oreos as a lactation aid is intriguing, it's important to approach such claims with a healthy dose of skepticism. Breastmilk production is a complex physiological process influenced by numerous factors. While enjoying the occasional Oreo as a treat is awesome, relying on cookies to solve lactation challenges is unlikely to yield significant or consistent results.


Final Thoughts

Breastfeeding can be challenging, and concerns about milk supply are common. If you're experiencing difficulties, seeking support from a qualified lactation consultant is essential. These experts can offer evidence-based guidance tailored to your individual needs, helping you confidently navigate the ups and downs of breastfeeding.


In conclusion, while Oreos may not hold the key to a bountiful milk supply, they certainly have a place in my heart (and stomach). So, feel free to indulge in a cookie or two – just don't expect them to work miracles in the lactation department. And remember, you're doing an amazing job, mama, regardless of what's in your snack drawer.


-Jessica





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