Lactation Cookie Recipe (Tried and True)

lactation cookie recipe

Did you know that when breastfeeding you need to consume the same amount of calories/day as you did during your last trimester of pregnancy? Think about it, you were the only one growing a human on the inside, and now you are the only one growing the same human on the outside! So boobs, they deserve a lot of attention. 

With that comes milk supply. Hormones, stress, lack of sleep, travel- you name it and it can interfere with our ability to produce enough milk. Some women never have an issue with milk supply, and some women always have an issue with milk supply. But regardless of where you land on the spectrum, it's always nice to have some lactation cookies hanging around. 

There are some key ingredients in this recipe that are natural milk "boosters" (brewer's yeast, fennel and oatmeal). So don't skimp on these otherwise you're just eating cookies while lactating.

I've also tried multiple different recipes and many are dry and crumbly, or bitter. So here is the variation I have found that is both moist, scrumptious and milky-effective.

Lactate away ladies!  

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of old fashioned oats

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

  • 4 tablespoons of brewers yeast

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup of canola oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 table spoons of water

  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal or flaxseed

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon of fennel (optional)

Add last: 

  • 1 cup of chocolate chips/raisins/nuts (your preference)


Preheat the oven to 350F.
1. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed/flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes.
2. Mix dry ingredients
3. Mix wet ingredients, add the flaxseed/water combo to the wet ingredients (if you find the cookies are still a little crumbly, add some more oil)
4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients- mix until moist
5. Add chocolate chips/raisins/nuts of your preference
6) Scoop or drop onto baking sheet. 

Bake for 8-12 minutes. Makes approximately 6 dozen cookies.