Can You Eat Lactation Cookies While Pregnant? [Explained]

Verified by Edna Skopljak MD
Verified by Edna Skopljak MD

Edna Skopljak is a medical doctor and an editor at BJBMS medical journal. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology.

Many pregnant women are curious about what they can and cannot eat since what they consume could also potentially affect the health of their babies. 

Most often, they turn to the internet to find out the answer to their questions, and one issue that circulates on the internet, coming up in mothers’ forums, is whether or not lactation cookies are safe to eat while pregnant. 

So let’s take a closer look at this topic – can you eat lactation cookies while pregnant?

Can you eat lactation cookies while pregnant?

No, pregnant women shouldn’t eat lactation cookies. Although no research studies show definitively that eating lactation cookies while pregnant is harmful, these cookies contain certain herbs and ingredients that can stimulate milk production in the breasts. 

This effect is not desired early on during pregnancy.

Pregnant women are already starting to lactate naturally, and eating lactation cookies could further increase this production, which can cause discomfort and engorgement.

In addition, some of the ingredients in lactation cookies, such as brewer’s yeast, can also cause mild headaches and bloating in pregnant women. So, to be safe, it is probably best to avoid eating lactation cookies while pregnant.

Nevertheless, there are still many other delicious and nutritious cookies that you can enjoy as part of your diet. 

These may include oatmeal, whole wheat, and dark chocolate chip cookies. So, don’t worry – you won’t have to give up all your cravings just because you’re pregnant! 

Just be sure to avoid the lactation kind and check with your doctor or midwife first to ensure that the ingredients are safe for you to consume during pregnancy.

When should a pregnant woman start eating lactation cookies?

A pregnant woman should start eating lactation cookies around the time when she is due to give birth.

It is because, upon giving birth, it is essential to begin stimulating milk production as soon as possible to ensure a good breastfeeding experience for both the mother and the baby.

Eating lactation cookies is one of the tastiest and most effective ways to do so.

Moreover, lactation cookies provide the energy new mothers need to cope with the demands of early motherhood.

So, if you are excited to try out lactation cookies, remember to wait until you have given birth before indulging in them.


Pregnant women should not eat lactation cookies since they can stimulate milk production and cause headaches and bloating. 

However, new mothers are encouraged to start eating them around the time they give birth to help with milk production and provide energy.

Always consult with your doctor or midwife for particular dietary advice during pregnancy. 

They are the best to recommend what is safe and suitable for you to eat during this specific time.

And, if you decide to try out lactation cookies, remember to wait until the birth week or after you have given birth!