Healthy Lactation Cookies

Healthy lactation cookies made with ingredients to help boost milk production and supply for breastfeeding. Vegan + gluten-free.

I’m really excited about sharing this recipe! Before I was even pregnant, I remember looking up lactation cookie recipes to make for friends and I had a really hard time finding any recipes that were actually healthy and not loaded with sugar and white flour. Knowing that some babies don’t do well with dairy and having a lot of friends who are gluten-free, I decided to create a lactation cookie that’s healthier than most, vegan, gluten-free and still delicious!

Plate of chocolate chip lactation cookies next to a cooking rack with cookies and a glass of milk.

When recipe testing for these cookies, I made several batches to make sure they were perfect. Lucky for me, this meant that I had plenty on hand to freeze as part of my pre-baby meal prep. I didn’t want to eat too many during testing (because as a pregnant woman you don’t want to start increasing milk supply since your boobs are already getting ready and might start leaking) so I had Isaac taste test them and he LOVED them.

Spoiler alert: it is fine for men to eat these cookies… they won’t start lactating. But feel free to tell your hubby that they will make him lactate if you want to keep all the cookies for yourself. 😉 It can be our little secret.

Hand holding a chocolate chip lactation cookie.

Foods That Help Increase Milk Supply

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started thinking about breastfeeding and knew I wanted to at least try it. I know women have vastly different experiences with this, so I wanted to go into it with an open mind, but also as prepared as possible. I researched which foods are best to keep your milk supply up and help with milk production. Here’s a little list of the foods I found:

  • Oats – One of the reasons for decreased milk supply is low iron levels. Oats are super high in iron so some studies have shown that oats help with milk production.
  • Barley – Whole barely is the richest dietary source of beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that has been shown to increase prolactin (aka the breastfeeding hormone).
  • Brewer’s yeast – It is packed with vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. It has a lot of benefits, but you should check with your doctor before adding brewer’s yeast to your diet. It can interact with a variety of medications and can cause some unwanted side effects. You can learn more about brewer’s yeast in my lactation bites post.
  • Flaxseed – Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids (which are great for baby) and it also contains phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production.
  • Fennel – Like flaxseed, fennel and its seeds contain phytoestrogens, which are known to help with milk production. If you’re looking for ways to include whole fennel in your diet, I love these recipes: crackling cauliflower, fennel salad and orange tofu with fennel.
  • Fenugreek seeds – Both fenugreek seeds and fennel can be found in Mother’s Milk tea.

Stack of chocolate chip lactation cookies. One is broken in half.

These lactation cookies have three key ingredients to help with milk production — oats, brewer’s yeast and flaxseed!

Can I Make Lactation Cookies in Advance?

Yes! Like I said, I ended up making several batches while recipe testing these cookies. I gifted a few to friends who had babies, but I also popped a bunch in a freezer bag and froze them until I was ready to enjoy. They held up just fine and I had peace of mind knowing I had some prepped for when I needed them.

Woman putting lactation cookies in a freezer bag.

Ingredients in Lactation Cookies

  • quick cooking oats and oat flour
  • brewer’s yeast
  • cinnamon and sea salt
  • coconut oil
  • coconut sugar (organic brown sugar works too)
  • ground flaxseed 
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips (dairy-free, if needed)

Mixing bowl with chocolate chip lactation cookie dough.

How to Make Healthy Lactation Cookies

This recipe is based off my healthy oatmeal cookies – which are super simple and delicious!

For these cookies, you’ll start by making your flax eggs by whisking together ground flaxseed and water. Prep two baking sheets by spraying with cooking spray or lining with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: the oats, oat flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: the oil, sugar, flaxseed eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.

Take about a tablespoon of dough and round into a cookie, placing about two inches apart on the baking sheet. Press each cookie down with a fork a bit to make more of a cookie shape. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. The cookies may seem a little soft but don’t over bake or they’ll get too crisp. They will continue to set as they cool. Store in an airtight container or freeze if you’re prepping in advance!

Baking sheet with chocolate chip lactation cookies.

Looking to Increase Your Milk Supply? Here Are More Lactation Recipes to Try!

If you make these lactation cookies, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

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Baking sheet with chocolate chip lactation cookies.

Healthy Lactation Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24

Description

Healthy lactation cookies made with ingredients like oats, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast… all known to help boost milk production and supply for breastfeeding.


Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 3 Tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (organic brown sugar works too)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed + ⅓ cup water*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dairy-free, if needed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make flax eggs by whisking together ground flaxseed with water. Set aside.
  3. Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment or Silpat and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, oat flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl mix together oil, sugar, flaxseed eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently stir in chocolate chips. 
  6. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press each cookie down with a fork a bit.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. The cookies may seem a little soft, but do not over bake or they’ll get too crisp. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for about 5 minutes or until they start to harden up a bit. At this point you can transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • If you don’t have flaxseed feel free to use 2 large eggs instead.
  • If you don’t have quick oats on hand, you can quickly process rolled oats in your food processor for 30 seconds or until they are the texture of quick oats.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 148
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 61mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: lactation cookies

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    119 comments
    1. Becca
      March 4, 2021 AT 10:33 pm

      Are gluten free oats okay to use or do I need the gluten to help produce milk?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 5, 2021 AT 1:22 am

        Oats are naturally gluten-free, but the ones labeled gluten-free just ensure that there is no cross contamination.

    2. Becca
      February 24, 2021 AT 10:01 pm

      Hi, these look delicious! Any recommendations to substitute for coconut oil? Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 25, 2021 AT 5:59 pm

        You can use butter or another oil. 🙂

    3. Malorie
      February 24, 2021 AT 1:36 pm

      These cookies are wonderful and the perfect texture! I love that they are egg and dairy free because I have had to cut those out of my diet due to my sensitive babe. There are very few things that I can eat now so I love that I can eat these yummy cookies and boost my milk supply at the same time!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 24, 2021 AT 3:18 pm

        So glad you’re loving these cookies, Malorie!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Challsey
      February 11, 2021 AT 9:57 am

      Hi!
      I’m making these as I’m sending this. I’m wondering how many do you eat in a day? I know some of the premade cookies state to eat 1 cookie/day.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 11, 2021 AT 11:49 pm

        I would eat 1-2 per day! I hope you love them!!

    5. Joy
      January 28, 2021 AT 11:22 pm

      Hi my daughter just had her first baby and I want to make this cookies for her because she’s not making enough milk, is it possible to send this to her by 2-3 days priority mail from CA to MI? The pandemic made it impossible for me to visit her and my grandson right now. So I was hoping i could at least send her your delicious cookies to help her and also cheer her up.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 29, 2021 AT 1:08 pm

        Hey Joy – I would imagine that would be fine. I would just store them in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as possible and when she gets them I would have her store them in the fridge/freezer. 🙂

    6. Melissa
      January 24, 2021 AT 5:05 pm

      These cookies are delicious. I rated 4 because I did make modifications to the recipe:
      – Used olive oil (added about 1-2tbsp extra as well to help with consistency) and brown sugar
      – used 2C rolled oats but barely pulsed (I liked the more coarse texture)
      – added 1tsp cinnamon, added 1.5tsp cocoa powder and ~1/4C coconut flakes, did not add chocolate chips

      I ended up cooking 12 minutes. I used a fork on first batch, but due to the more crumbly texture I pressed next batch manually and held edges more. This kept cookies from falling apart more easily (though they didn’t that easily)

      Glad I used this recipe as a base 🙂

      When I share on IG I’ll give a shout-out!

    7. Jen
      January 14, 2021 AT 11:31 am

      Here to echo most of the other comments, these are great! I did have an issue with them flattening to be paper thin and melting together while I was baking them. I used a spatula after pulling them out of the oven to cut into squares and kinda squish up the sides. They were still chewy and tasted fantastic, but are there any recommendations to have them stay more of a cookie shape and less of a crisp?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 14, 2021 AT 12:20 pm

        Hi Jen! Oh no, that shouldn’t happen. Did you measure your coconut oil solid or melted? Also, did you change anything else about the recipe?

    8. Joelle
      November 1, 2020 AT 1:17 pm

      I’m trying those today! I had a question though: how many cookies should I eat in a day to really boost my milk supply? Excited to give them a try!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 2, 2020 AT 12:06 am

        I’d say 1-2 per day and you should start to notice a difference in your supply. 🙂

    9. Ruby
      October 29, 2020 AT 9:16 am

      Hi! I love these cookies! My sister dropped off a small batch on oct 13 and i finally started eating them today 10/29. I have them storee in an airtight tupperware container in the pantry at room tempeature for the last two weeks. Is it ok for me to continue to store them that way, they taste fine still

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 29, 2020 AT 1:44 pm

        I would store them in the fridge or freezer at this point.

    10. lorilie
      October 27, 2020 AT 6:30 am

      ihave no cocnut sugar. can i use swerve brown sugar? thanks

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 27, 2020 AT 11:13 am

        That should work just fine!

    11. Cydnee
      October 16, 2020 AT 4:13 pm

      Tasted so delicious! And easy to bake. Making a few batches to store for baby coming in December!!!
      Question though: my batter did not come together like cookie dough! Quite crumbly, had to add an extra 1/4 of water to make it sticky enough to be able to roll… and even cooked they’re quite crumbly. Any suggestions? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 17, 2020 AT 3:18 pm

        Oh no! Did you change anything about the recipe, Cydnee?

    12. Sahani
      October 14, 2020 AT 10:35 pm

      It’s so delicious. Just wondering can I store in the pantry or should I store in a fridge?Thanks for the delicious recipe.😍

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 15, 2020 AT 8:53 am

        Hi Sahani. You could leave them out in the pantry for 1-2 days, but I recommend storing them in the fridge or even the freezer for longer storage. I hope this helps!

        1. Sahani
          October 15, 2020 AT 6:52 pm

          Thanks Brittany😊

    13. Kelsey J
      October 14, 2020 AT 7:54 am

      Made these to put in the freezer for my upcoming birth! I taste tested the batter and ate 1 cookie because I had to. They are so tasty and I cannot wait to devour the whole batch next month!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2020 AT 4:23 pm

        Woo!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies, Kelsey. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂 Good luck with your new babe coming – how exciting!

    14. Rachel
      October 13, 2020 AT 7:30 pm

      These are dangerously delicious!!! Like, I’ll skip lunch and dinner and just eat these delicious. Now to wait and see if they are effective. But they’re so delicious, I’m not sure I care.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2020 AT 4:28 pm

        Haha so glad you’re loving these cookies, Rachel! Keep me posted if you feel they’re helping your supply!

    15. Suvarna
      October 7, 2020 AT 8:29 am

      Thank you Brittany for this wonderful recipe,
      I added chopped raisins in place of choco chips
      Cookies came out perfect and taste delicious

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 9:52 pm

        Yay! So glad these cookies were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    16. Shalimar
      September 30, 2020 AT 10:33 pm

      I made these for a friend but had to taste test for myself! Tasted just like a choclate chip cookie! My friend wanted to know how many she could eat in one day? Gonna get her to try the lactation bites next time!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 1, 2020 AT 11:34 pm

        So glad these cookies were a hit!! I would normally have 1-2 in a day.

    17. Sufiii
      September 21, 2020 AT 2:39 am

      Thanks for the great recipe

    18. Sara
      September 16, 2020 AT 3:34 pm

      Thanks for the great recipe!
      I substituted ghee for coconut oil and the first batch I made flattened out a little much but the second batch which spent a little time sitting while the first baked was just fine!
      Next time I might cut the sugar a little because these were so good but I think would still be delicious with less sugar.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 16, 2020 AT 8:25 pm

        You can totally cut the sugar in half! So glad you’re enjoying these cookies, Sara. Thanks so much for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    19. Maree
      September 8, 2020 AT 7:11 am

      These are delicious and make a beautiful gift for friends who are new mummas. Even husband approves. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 8, 2020 AT 12:56 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad these cookies were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it, Maree. 🙂

    20. Evita Cooper
      September 6, 2020 AT 4:23 pm

      Hi
      This looks amazing and I am going to try making them today. How long does the cookies last for in a sealed container.

      Kind regards
      Evita

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:42 pm

        Hey Evita – they should last a bout a week in the fridge or 3-4 months in the freezer. 🙂

        1. Evita
          September 26, 2020 AT 12:56 pm

          thanks Brittany
          Ine last question:) do you freeze them as cooked batches or the cookie dough?
          Sorry as you can tell I dont cook very often.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            September 28, 2020 AT 3:00 pm

            No worries! I would freeze them once they’re already cooked. Just make sure they cool off before placing them in the freezer in an airtight bag or container. 🙂

    21. Sarah
      September 4, 2020 AT 10:50 am

      I just had a baby almost 3 weeks ago and I’ve struggled trying to keep my milk supply up. I made a batch of these cookies and they are SOOOOO tasty, and so much better than store bought lactation cookies. And I’ve been able to pump twice the amount of breast milk! I will definitely be making more soon!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 4, 2020 AT 7:02 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear Sarah!! I’m so glad you’re loving these cookies and that they’re helping with your supply. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    22. Maike
      August 10, 2020 AT 5:23 pm

      I substituted out the sugar with half a cup of honey and the choc chips with sultanas for a slightly healthier version. Tasted like sultana bran! Delicious! Will definitely make these again.

      1. Sally
        August 30, 2020 AT 1:18 am

        These cookies are delicious, easy to make, and helping keep my supply up!! Love them

        1. Brittany Mullins
          August 30, 2020 AT 7:19 pm

          Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. Glad these cookies are working for you, Sally!

      2. Brittany Mullins
        August 10, 2020 AT 8:10 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Maike! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    23. Amy
      August 2, 2020 AT 8:22 am

      These are really delicious and an easy recipe to play around with. I have a 10day old and haven’t gotten out of bed to do anything except make 2 batches of these as my kids kept eating them 🙂 really great recipe. Thanks so much

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 3, 2020 AT 12:37 am

        Ahh congrats, Amy!! So glad these cookies are a hit. Sounds like you’ll have to make a batch a hide it just for yourself. 😉

    24. Kelsey
      July 26, 2020 AT 11:11 pm

      I am obsessed with these. They’re almost *too* good, I made a double batch a week ago and they’re nearly gone! Perfect as a snack while nursing my newborn. I did half raisins / half chocolate chips and the raisins add a nice chew. Fully recommend!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 27, 2020 AT 9:35 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you’re enjoying these cookies, Kelsey! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    25. Jessica
      July 15, 2020 AT 2:59 pm

      I had trouble finding the willpower to even bake these these are so good. I had to make a batch every other day because I was going through so many of these a week

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 16, 2020 AT 4:27 pm

        So glad you’re loving these cookies, Jessica! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to come back to leave a comment + star rating, I appreciate it.

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