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.

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. So I created my own!

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

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! 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. See my storage tips below but the cookies are best stored in the fridge for freezer for more long-term storage.

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.

They honestly saved me when Olivia was in the hospital for a few weeks after her heart surgery. I was pumping every 2-3 hours and these cookies were one of my favorite snacks! And I swear they helped with my supply.

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 – as I mentioned above oats are known to help with milk production so they’re the perfect base for these cookies.
  • brewer’s yeast – almost every lactation cookie has brewer’s yeast because it’s one of the best foods to help with breast milk supply. It is packed with vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium.
  • cinnamon and sea salt – two flavor enhancers for these cookies.
  • coconut oil – we’re using this in place of butter. Feel free to swap this for melted vegan butter and if you don’t need the cookies to be dairy-free, you can use melted butter.
  • coconut sugar – I personally love coconut sugar but organic brown sugar works too
  • ground flaxseed – we’re using a flaxseed egg in place of a regular egg here, but you can use a regular egg if desired.
  • 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.

Baking sheet with chocolate chip lactation cookies.

How to Store Lactation Cookies

Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

More Recipes to Help with Milk Supply

Be sure to check out my full list of the best breastfeeding snacks and all of my healthy snack recipes!

4.59 from 289 votes

The Best Lactation Cookies {for Milk Supply}

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


  • 2 ¼ cups quick cooking oats
  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • 3 Tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ 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
  • ½ cup chocolate chips dairy-free, if needed


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



  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 63mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: lactation cookies
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    1. Hi Rachel – I would recommend adding an additional 3 Tablespoons of oat flour instead of the brewers yeast. If you give these a try, let me know how they turn out!

    1. I started eating them as soon as my babes were born, but you can definitely eat them before babe is born as well. Enjoy and good luck mama!

  1. 5 stars
    Those are HANDS DOWN the VERY BEST chocolate chip cookies. They now will be the only one I will make. Forever. Again and again.

    1. Ah yay! I am so glad you are loving this recipe. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

    1. Hi Kelly – I have not tested this recipe with old fashioned oats, but I have had other followers who have and they said it worked great. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Hi! What can I use as an alternative to coconut oil? I do have coconut milk, does that count? Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    I have made these cookies yesterday and will be making them regularly.
    These are so tasty and easy to make. I baked them for an extra 10 minutes to make them crispy and they turned out perfect.

    1. Delicious! I am so excited to hear that you found this recipe and are loving it, Divya. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!

  4. Just a note, if you are making these for a friend and not familiar with GF life, most Brewer’s Yeast is NOT gluten free, so make sure to read labels! Anthony’s is a safe choice. ❤️

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Aimee. I have the link to Anthony’s on this post, it is my favorite!

  5. ok so I tripled the recipe added it all but the mix is dry and does not form to make cookies what can I do to fix it

    1. Hi Brittany – Did you triple all of the ingredients? The biggest binder here are the flax eggs (you would need 6 tbsp and 1 cup water) and the melted coconut oil (which you would need 1.5 cups). Not sure what might have happened that caused the dough to be too dry. What type of oats did you use?

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