March 3, 2015

The Best Lactation Cookies EVER!

Lactation Cookies

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 A friend of mine just had a baby and one of my favorite things I got when Miss H was born was a batch of lactation cookies from my cousin. I had had them before because her little one is 18 months older than H. Let me also say these are just amazing cookies! So don’t be scared by the lactation part. You won’t randomly start leaking – PROMISE! If you feel more comfortable, take out the brewers yeast – still a very yummy cookie!

Lactation Cookies

  1. 1. Preheat Oven 350
  2. Combine water and flaxseed and let sit for 5 mins
  3. Sift flour, salt, baking soda & brewers yeast
  4. Add butter & sugar into stand mixer and beat until smooth.
  5. Add eggs to mixer and beat to combine
  6.  Add vanilla and flaxseed mixture
  7.  Add flour mixture
  8. Fold in oatmeal and chocolate chips
  9. Use ice cream scoop onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake 12-16 mins* Side note – the $1 Store sells pre cut parchment paper 10 for $1. They are perfect. One of my top 10 items to have! Buy 3 at a time! Just do it. Trust me. 


Bake and then slide the parchment off the cookie sheet onto the counter to cool.
Or, be like me and burn your fingers with the gooey chocolate chips because you want one now!
Ice Cream Scoop should yield 24 big cookies

Now I will say – those are pretty good sized cookies, about 1/4 cup scoop. You could certainly go down to a cookie sided scoop or even use 2 spoons and make bigger ones. When I bake them, I do a half batch and bake for 13 mins on parchment. If I am thinking ahead, I’ll sit my eggs and butter out the night before too. It seems to give it a chewier cookie.

Now for my friends who are not breastfeeding, feel free to omit the brewers yeast. It will still make a delicious cookie that everyone will enjoy! Who doesn’t love oats and chocolate chips?

Great news is I got a text message yesterday saying the cookies were helping! It makes me so happy to hear that! Breastfeeding is hard work and anything to make it easier I am game for!

Lactation Cookies

17 responses to “The Best Lactation Cookies EVER!”

  1. My milk never fully came in with my first baby. This time around, I might just make a batch of these to eat at the hospital!

  2. These were a lifesaver for me! I really needed these to support my milk supply! I still enjoy them when making them for new mom friends. My motto, eat early and often!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do you need the parchment paper

  4. Unknown says:

    I don't have my little one just yet but I want to get a head start on how to have a good supply of milk. I was unsuccessful providing enough breast milk for my first child. I want to be ready this time. Will lactaction cookies be beneficial for my supply if I start eating them now or do they seen effective after childbirth only? If they are only effective after my milk drops, then do the cookies work pretty quickly or do I need to eat them and see results over time?

    • admin says:

      I ate them every day for the year I breast fed my daughter. I made them large enough that one cookie would be my breakfast with a cup of coffee and lots of water. The combo of hydration and the brewers yeast helped me. I'm not sure taking it beforehand would do much help.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How would I make these without the yeast?

  6. admin says:

    Brewers Yeast and Oatmeal combo is what really helps. I would suggest getting the Brewers Yeast. You can find it at any health food store or Whole Foods.

  7. Stef0628 says:

    Can you substitute coconut oil for the butter and raisins for the chocolate and still have a good effect on lactation? I need to make them dairy free ��

    • admin says:

      I would imagine you could. The oats and Brewers yeast is what helps with lactation. I've not baked with coconut oil, so I'm not sure how it would do baking.

    • Stef0628 says:

      I just made them, they are a bit flat but delicious!! We will see about how they help my supply! I'm feeding my 10 week old and pumping to build a stash for my nephew arriving in a few weeks since my sister can't BF, so I'm hoping these will help me make enough milk for both kids 🙂

  8. Danielle says:

    I would like to make a batch for a gift. What ingredients do I put in the jar and in what order.

  9. Kelly s says:

    Do you use flaxseed or ground form in the recipe?

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