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Lactation cookies recipe

Lactation cookies recipe

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These cookies are great for breastfeeding mothers! They are moist and super yummy and they help boost and/or maintain milk supply. The brewers' yeast, wheat germ, flax seed and oats are why these cookies help with milk supply for lactating mothers. Don't skip those ingredients.

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IngredientsMakes: 3 dozen cookies

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 60ml water
  • 225g butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 110g soft brown sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons brewers' yeast
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 200g porridge oats
  • 170g chocolate chips

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:25min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with parchment.
  2. Combine flax seeds with water and let soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Beat butter, caster sugar and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract; beat to incorporate. Stir flax seed mixture into the butter mixture.
  4. Mix flour, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, bicarb, salt and cream of tartar in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture and stir until just combined. Fold oats and chocolate chips into the dough.
  5. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place 5cm apart onto baking tray.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


Brewers' yeast is said to help milk production in breastfeeding mums. You can find brewers' yeast powder in health food shops, such as Holland & Barrett.

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Hi, Can I use rice/gluten-free flour instead? Trying to avoid glutegluten. They look delicious-10 Oct 2017

by ew2177

Ok so I cheated and took a short cut which I allowed myself since I delivered a week ago but wanted something to amp up my milk supply. I bought 2 packs of Pillsbury Simply Oatmeal Brown sugar cookies and added above amounts of flaxseed, wheat germ, and Solgar brewer's yeast. I let cookie dough soften and just mixed other ingredients in with a fork. Turned out delicious! Ate 3 cookies and followed with a half liter of water and I was engorged a few hours later. This recipe is a keeper! I thought I would post my shortcut for anyone who is in my same position though it does not wholly speak to the from scratch recipe.-04 Apr 2014

by Catalina

I usually follow a recipe per the recipe whenever it's my first time making it, this recipe being no exception, and really enjoyed the cookies.The second time I made some modifications that made it a bit healthier, but not necessarily less calories.Doubled the wheat germUsed half coconut oil, half butterAdded 1 tsp cinnamonAdded 1/2 cup coconut flakes (no sugar)Exchanged 3/4 cup sugar for apple sauceThe final product: a much softer (10min bake time), less sugar, but still sweet cookie. Also to note, I used beet brewer's yeast, which did not make the cookies bitter. We love this recipe more now! I can also see adding or exchanging the chocolate for walnuts... Yum!-17 Feb 2014

If you have read about lactation cookies and you’re wondering when you can try them, then the time is now. Whether you are a few weeks to delivery or the baby is already a few weeks old, there’s no wrong time to start eating lactation cookies. Do lactation cookies work? Well, there’s only one way to find out – make a few (or several) and see.

As a breastfeeding mother, it’s normal and recommended that you are curious about everything that you ingest. It’s therefore understandable that you’d be curious – or even sceptical about the lactation cookie and why it should do what it says it does. What makes lactation cookies work?

Lactation cookies are made with ingredients that are known to be galactagogues. This means that they can increase the production and flow of breast milk. But for the ingredients that will stimulate milk production, lactation cookies would just be regular cookies. The best lactation cookies recipes must have whole grains, nuts and lactogenic seeds. Here are some of the best ingredients to have in your lactation cookies recipes.

Oats are high in iron which is needed for breast milk production. Breastfeeding mothers with iron deficiency will experience low milk production and might get anemic. Oats are known to be rich in a vast range of nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, fibre, and phytochemicals that enhance the supply of milk for your baby.

Lactation Biscuit Recipes

So I thought I would put together a round-up of recipes for you. Have you tried Lactation Cookies, are they worth the effort to make? Please let me know in the comments below.

Craberry White Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Researchers have long since known that oatmeal has properties in it that help to lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy blood pressure. Oats also provide plenty of iron as well as an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. New moms definitely need all that! Find recipe at I am Baker.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

This recipe is great for mothers who are breastfeeding. It helps to keep your milk supply up or increase your milk supply. Use more brewers yeast and oatmeal if you are wanting to increase your milk supply. You can use more chocolate chips if you like or any kind of chips. View recipe here.

Chocolate Almond No Bake Lactation Cookies

Chock full of foods that support healthy milk production and oh so delicious, these cookies are a must have for all new moms. That said, they are so tasty and easy to make I would encourage you to make them whether you are nursing or not. Oh, and they take about 10 minutes to make, which is key when you’re trying to do as much as possible before it’s time to feed that precious bundle again! View recipe at Small Friendly.

Tasty Honey Oat Lactation Cookie Recipe

Packed with ingredients to help out your breastfeeding milk supply, these cookies are a cinch to make and are a delicious snack that serves a great purpose! Find recipe at Disney Baby.

Lactation Cookies

If you are already breastfeeding, try eating the dough as well as the cookies, as it seems to be even more effective at increasing supply, but do not eat the dough if you are pregnant due to the risk of eating raw egg. Recipe available at Belly Belly.

Lactation Biscuits

Lactation biscuits are a natural, homespun way to increase your milk supply at all stages of your breastfeeding journey. Enjoy these tasty oat and brewer’s yeast cookies with a cuppa any time of day. View recipe at Kidspot

Healthy Homemade Lactation Biscuits

Perfect to satisfy the regular hunger pangs of a breastfeeding mum, they also have been found to help boost your milk supply. A double win! Recipe can be found at Lose Baby Weight.

Dark Chocolate Apricot Lactation Cookies

Cookies packed with nutrients new mamas need to maintain a milk supply. If these look awesome, and you’re not a new mama, just omit the brewer’s yeast (or leave it in we could all use a boost of B vitamins!). Recipe found at Vitamin Sunshine.

Lactation Cookie Recipe To Increase Breast Milk Supply

“No,” I told my husband’s snickering friend. “These aren’t cookies made with breast milk. They’re cookies formulated to boost breast milk.” He was still a bit reluctant to try them, though. Which is a shame, because they’re freaking delicious. Recipe from Mama Natural.

Lactation Boosting Cookie Recipe

This Lactation Boosting Cookie Recipe is filled with brewers yeast, oatmeal, quinoa flakes, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and a few chocolate chips. . I originally wanted to make a Lactation Cookie Recipe using coconut oil but the butter in this recipe really gives the cookie a better texture. View recipe at Courtney’s Sweets.

Lactation Cookies

These are thick cookies, not cakey at all, slightly crunchy, but not in a bad or stale way – they are crunchy from the crazy amount of rolled oats inside. View recipe from How Sweet It Is.

Booby Bites

As a nursing mother, there are two things that I desperately need: enough milk to feed my baby and enough energy to take care of all three kiddos. This recipe kills two birds with one delicious stone! These “booby bites” (which my husband hilariously coined) will help boost lactation while providing lots of protein and vitamins as well…and did I mention they are delicious? Recipe from I can teach my child.

Breastfeeding Biscuits Recipe

If you have a friend who has just given birth, make them these. You’ll get a friend of the year award for sure. Recipe from Fat Mum Slim.

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Breastfeeding Resources

All of that said, if breastfeeding is in the cards, maybe you’re wondering how to maintain an adequate amount of breast milk. Maybe you’ve recently noticed a dip in your supply. Or maybe you’re interested in learning more about how the female body produces milk. Robyn Nohling recently wrote a well-researched blog post about breastfeeding, which I highly recommend reading. Kelly Mom is also another incredible website for all-things nursing, and, has helpful breastfeeding content too. Ultimately, there are a few natural ways to boost your milk supply, including nursing frequently (following your baby’s lead), staying hydrated, and eating enough to replenish your energy stores / calories in breastmilk.

While there isn’t robust evidence to prove that galactagogues significantly increase breastmilk production, I have personally noticed a difference in my milk supply when I focus on foods like oats, almonds, brewer’s yeast, and flax. At any rate, these foods are delicious and nourishing — for both you and your baby.

The BEST Chocolate Chip and M&M Lactation Cookies

By Amanda Glenn, CLC . Last Updated May 10, 2021 . Originally Posted May 10, 2021 .

M&M cookies are my favorite – so what could be better than M&M cookies that make you more breast milk? This chocolate chip and M&M lactation cookie recipe has three galactagogues – brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, and oatmeal – along with plenty of chocolate to make them taste delicious!

This post may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click through and make a purchase, I’ll be compensated at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I love! More info here.

These cookies are really easy to make! Here are a few common questions.

Can you substitute a different kind of oats?

Yes. Rolled, old-fashioned, or quick cooking oats will work fine.

Steel cut oats have a different nutritional profile and texture. If you try this recipe with steel cut oats, let me know how it goes!

Where can I get brewer’s yeast?

You can also make it without brewer’s yeast. You can substitute 1/3 cup of flour for the 1/3 cup of brewer’s yeast.

Can you use all chocolate chips or all M&Ms?

Yes, you just want 2 cups of chocolate chips or M&Ms, or some combination thereof.

I have made these with both baking-sized M&Ms and full size, and I preferred the full-sized ones but either will work.

Can you halve the recipe?

This recipe makes 48 cookies. If you want to halve the recipe, the only issue is that it calls for three eggs – so you can just crack open two in a separate bowl, whisk them, and then pour about 3/4 of the mixture into the mixer.

Can you freeze these cookies?

Yes. Freeze them on a baking sheet or flat surface, and then once they are frozen, put them in a plastic bag to store them.

You can see the step-by-step process for making these in the below stories:

Lactation cookies recipe – method

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flaxseed and water, let them sit for a few minutes before adding to mix.
  • Add the dry ingredients (apart from the oats and your additional ingredients) and mix well again.
  • Stir in the oats and your additional ingredients (chocolate chips etc).
  • Using a dessert spoon, scoop the mixture into your hand and roll it into a ball.
  • Place the biscuits onto a lightly greased tray or line the tray with baking paper. Flatten them a little with your fingers or a spatula. If you like a soft centre, don’t squash them down too much.
  • Bake the lactation cookies for around 10-12 minutes, depending on how well cooked or crunchy you like your biscuits.

“I know they worked for me, because I squirted after eating them for a bit. I hadn’t done that for months!” — PumpkinZulu

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These oatmeal raisin lactation cookies recipe are loaded with healthy ingredients. We added whole flaxseed for additional health and milk-producing benefits. And of course we have coconut oil in replace of butter to get the benefits of coconut oil. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can still make them with butter.

Lactation Cookies (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip)

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Before we get any further, let’s let the cat out of the bag: yes, this post is about lactation cookies. Yes, lactation cookies are exactly what the name implies — cookies to help with human milk production. Yes, these directly apply to a very, very small subset of those of you who read Bunsen Burner Bakery.

But chances are, even if you yourself are not breastfeeding, you probably know someone who is. A friend, a family member, a coworker. Your sister or niece or daughter. A neighbor, another mother in your child’s preschool class, a friend from the gym. Before you completely skip over this post, you may be able to significantly brighten someone’s day by baking them a batch of cookies.

Coincidentally, this week is World Breastfeeding Week. I think many people think breastfeeding is easy. I probably thought the same until my friends started having babies. I’m thankful they shared their own struggles with me so I had a realistic expectation of the journey facing me.

It is hard. It is isolating (I pumped every night at midnight at 3:30am from the time Ryan started sleeping through the night until he was a year old and it is so, so lonely sitting there in the dark pumping). Sometimes, it’s downright painful. And it’s frustrating, trying your absolute hardest and yet still watching your body fail.

So here’s a virtual high five to all my fellow lactating mamas — whether your experience was wonderful and you nursed for 2 years, or your experience was disheartening and ended after 2 weeks — you did a great job. You are awesome.

(Also, can we please stop with the “and it’s free!” argument? I had to rent a hospital grade pump for a year since my supply was so low – $65/month. Over $40/month in various galactagogue supplements. Plus the immeasurable cost of hours I wasn’t working at work or sleeping at home because I was pumping. NOT FREE, PEOPLE.)

In a collision of worlds, today happens to be National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. (I did not plan this post according to either World Breastfeeding Week or National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Coincidence on both accounts!).

So why not celebrate your breastfeeding friends by baking them a batch of these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies? New moms deserve a treat.

What exactly ARE lactation cookies anyway (and do they even work)? Lactation cookies are full of galactagogues. Some people swear they work, others say no way.

What are Galactagogues?

Galactagogues are substances that help increase mammalian milk production. Galactagogues can be synthetic prescription medications, or natural food substances.

Common galactagouges include oatmeal, fenugreek, brewer’s yeast, marshmallow root, blessed thistle, alfalfa leaves, fennel, and goat’s rue. I took all of these in combination for months in an attempt to boost my supply, in addition to “power hour” pumping session, pumping in the middle of the night, and nursing as frequently as I could on weekends.

Did the galactagogues help? It’s quite possible that it is all placebo effect, but I did notice a boost in supply when I took them all in tandem.

What are Lactation Cookies?

Most women, however, don’t have quite as big of an issue with supply as I do. Lactation cookies include some of the aforementioned galactagogues in smaller doses, with the goal of adding a little supply boost.

My issue with most lactation cookie recipes is that they are really just… cookies. An oatmeal chocolate chip cookie batter with 1 tablespoon of flaxseed divided among 2 dozen cookies is really just a cookie. Breastfeeding hanger is REAL, so if you want a cookie, have a cookie!

But if we’re going to convince ourselves that it’s a beneficial cookie, don’t we want it to be overflowing with galactagogues? But inversely – we still want it to taste good, right? If it’s not enjoyable to eat, why bother?

I’ve baked literally dozens of batches of cookies over the past month, perfecting my recipe (and delivering cookies to new mom neighbors all over Southwest Center City Philadelphia!). This recipe is the culmination of many batches tweaking ingredients. It has less sugar than my typical oatmeal cookie recipe (but it’s still a cookie – definitely not a health food!).

I’ve packed it as full with as much oatmeal, brewer’s yeast, and flaxseed as possible without severely impacting flavor. And of course, I added a few chocolate chips because… obviously.

Lactation Cookie Recipe Ingredients

Most of the ingredients in here are what you’d find in normal chocolate chip cookies: butter, sugar, flour, eggs, etc.

Let’s talk about what makes these lactation cookies — and where to find some of these ingredients!

For starters, we’ll use lots of oats. Use old fashioned rolled oats, not instant oatmeal.

The recipe also includes ground flaxseed. Flaxseed can be purchased as whole as whole seeds or pre-ground you can grind whole seeds yourself in a coffee grinder but I just buy the already ground flaxseed.

The most important ingredient — and the one that generates the most questions — is the brewer’s yeast. Brewer’s yeast is not the same as baker’s yeast. Brewer’s yeast can be purchased at some health food stores, but I purchase mine directly from Amazon.

How to Make Lactation Cookies (VIDEO)

Really, it’s no different than making normal chocolate chip cookies.

And if a picture is worth a thousand words, than a video is probably worth what, ten thousand?

So here’s a video to show you exactly how to make this oatmeal lactation cookie recipe!

How Many Lactation Cookies Should You Eat?

This is a common question I am asked a lot. The answer is: there is no real answer.

Lactation cookies are just that… cookies! It’s not a regulated FDA medication with a set dosage. Not every woman responds to galacatogogues, and those who do respond differently. Women have different needs when it comes to increasing supply some are looking to boost one or two ounces per day, some are hoping to up by 10 ounces.

My advice is to start with one or two and see if it helps. I will say, however, that I had a friend eat a dozen all at once and then say she pumped 11 oz more than ever before the next day!

Other Ways to Make More Milk

Let’s start with: I am not a lactation consultant. But I do have lots of experience building my own supply, so I’ll share. I get a lot of questions on this post about non-cookie ways to make more milk.

  1. Nurse or pump often. Milk production is supply and demand based the more you remove milk, the more milk your body thinks it needs to make.
  2. Fully drain your breast each time. Leaving a little milk behind gives your body the memo that it doesn’t need to make enough. If you’re pumping at work with a great supply, you can get away with a 15 minute pump session. But if you’re really looking to boost your supply, keep pumping. Pump for 5 minutes after the last trickle of milk. You may also find you get a second letdown if you keep going — I always pump for at least 30 minutes, and usually get a second letdown sometime after 20 minutes.
  3. Power pump a few times a week. Power pumping mimics a cluster feeding session. Pump for 10-20 minutes, rest 10 minutes, pump another 10 minutes, rest 10 minutes, pump another 10 minutes.
  4. Feed or pump in the wee hours of the morning. This one stinks, but your body produces the most milk in the middle of the night. I can pump 3x more milk at 4:30am than I can at noon, or 6pm, or midnight.
  5. Spend time with your baby! Skin to skin contact is really played up in the hospital, but the benefits extend well after you come home. Trying to boost your supply? Hold your baby as much as possible. Do skin to skin. If you’re pumping, pump while holding your baby.

Now back to these oatmeal lactation cookies. Another question I often get: is it bad for someone who isn’t lactating to eat these cookies? No.

Don’t worry, dads – there’s nothing harmful about eating these cookies if you’re not lactating, aside from having to tell your wife you ate all her cookies. Good thing you have this lactation cookie recipe now, so you can bake her more.