Healthy Lactation Cookies

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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 mamas need to be dairy-free + soy-free and/or gluten-free, I created a lactation cookie that’s 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 also had Isaac taste-test them just to be sure the flavor was good and he LOVED them too!

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

You only need 10 ingredients for these 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 in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Baking sheet with chocolate chip lactation cookies.

More Lactation Recipes to Try:

The Best Lactation Cookies {for Milk Supply}

4 from 138 votes
Healthy lactation cookies made with ingredients like oats, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast… all known to help boost milk production and supply for breastfeeding.
Baking sheet with chocolate chip lactation cookies.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24

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
 

  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Make flax eggs: Make flax eggs by whisking together ground flaxseed with water. Set aside.
  • Prepare baking sheets: Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment or Silpat and set aside.
  • Mix dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, mix together oats, oat flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • Mix wet ingredients: 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. 
  • Scoop dough: 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.
  • Bake: 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.
  • Store: Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Video

Notes

  • Eggs: If you don’t have flaxseed feel free to use 2 large eggs instead.
  • Quick oats: 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 155kcal Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 2g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 63mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 13g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: lactation cookies

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    165 comments
    1. Chelsea
      September 8, 2021 AT 9:10 pm

      Can I use steel cut oats?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 9, 2021 AT 3:12 pm

        Unfortunately not, steel cut oats are way harder and don’t bake the same as rolled or quick oats.

    2. Courtney
      August 29, 2021 AT 2:08 pm

      5 stars
      Can I do this recipe without brewers yeast?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2021 AT 12:31 pm

        Hey Courtney, The brewers yeast is one of the main ingredients to help boost milk supply so if that’s what you’re looking for I highly recommend picking up a bag. I used Anthony’s brewers yeast. 🙂

    3. Consuelo Arellano
      August 19, 2021 AT 2:33 am

      5 stars
      Just made a batch <3 How long until you think I can see noticeable results?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2021 AT 9:47 pm

        Some people have said they’ve noticed an increase in their supply pretty quickly, but of course everyone is different and these cookies are guaranteed to increase supply. Let me know how they work for you!!

    4. Jessie Young
      August 16, 2021 AT 4:59 pm

      I’ve just come across your recipe after spending a small fortune on lactation cookies. I thought it was about time I made my own.
      Just wondering what you recommend as a daily allowance? 1-2 cookies etc? For best results..
      can’t wait to try them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 16, 2021 AT 5:09 pm

        Yes, 1-2 cookies I would suggest. Let me know if you try these and what you think of them. 🙂

    5. LH
      August 12, 2021 AT 10:17 am

      Can I use Debittered Brewers Yeast?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 12, 2021 AT 4:47 pm

        I think that would be just fine!

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