Lactation Cookies

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Lactation cookies with oatmeal and chocolate chips are a treat for breastfeeding mommies! Brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, and oatmeal are the special ingredients. The cookies taste yummy too!

Lactation Cookies

Hey, all of you incredible breastfeeding momma’s out there, this post is especially for you! Cookies especially made for moms who are still breastfeeding their little ones.

A friend had recommended trying fenugreek supplements (which totally worked for me) and also baking some lactation cookies that had helped other moms. Each month I’ve been noticing my milk production decreasing since I started working full time again.

Now that James is eating more solids, its honestly been hard for me to see my supply drop with each passing month. When I found out there was a chocolate cookie with added milk-producing benefits, I was determined to do what I could to keep things flowing!

stack of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Did you know that cookies could be so yummy and help with lactation? Yes, and I am totally in! So what ingredients make these cookies extra special? What I was able to find as I searched for information on the internet was that ingredients such as oats, flaxseed and Brewer’s yeast help with milk supply.

The combination of these three ingredients provides a nutritional punch in each cookie. Oats contain whole grains, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Brewer’s yeast stimulates the increase in breast milk and is a source of B-vitamins and amino acids. Flaxseed contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids and fiber as well.

Lactation Cookie Activating Ingredients that Promote Milk Production

Like any delicious cookie, I added butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour for the base. However, I used a white whole wheat flour (my new favorite baking ingredient) to get more whole grains into each cookie. I’ve found that they give a more similar texture to all-purpose flour that you can use instead, compared to whole wheat flour.

I chose to make chocolate chip coconut flavored cookies because it was a special request from my cousin Melissa who was coming to visit. I wanted to make her some delicious lactation cookies as she has a four-month-old adorable son named Lucas (I love him!).

If you don’t LOVE chocolate and coconut, no worries, you can substitute any mix you like! How about white chocolate chips, butterscotch, nuts, cranberries or raisins for a flavor burst? Oh the possibilities, yum…

close up of a lactation cookie made of oatmeal and chocolate chips

The most intriguing ingredient in these lactation cookies has to be the brewer’s yeast. Since you have to add a good amount, about 2 tablespoons per batch, there is a very slight lingering bitter flavor. Although it’s nothing that prevents you from enjoying the cookie, especially with the chocolate chips, coconut, and the lactation benefits!

The even sweeter deal is that my husband is afraid to eat them, even though I don’t think anything would happen to him (if you know what I mean) but at least I don’t have to share, muahaha!

oatmeal chocolate Chip lactation cookies with a sprinkle of coconut flakes

This recipe gives new meaning to milk and cookies! After I made my first batch and ate these cookies consistently for about a week (about 3 throughout the day), I personally noticed a slight increase in my supply (a few ounces), which is huge knowing how hard your body has to work to produce each drop.

I really enjoy providing nourishment for James and wanted to breastfeed at least for a year, so it’s exciting to try a natural way to help increase my milk supply. Make these delicious cookies for yourself or mommy friends, it’s an enjoyable treat!

Here’s a pic of me, James (9 months), Lucas (4 months), and Melissa 🙂

Jessica and James with Melissa and Lucas

Jessica holding James

What is White Whole Wheat Flour?

White whole wheat white flour is milled from hard white spring wheat rather than traditional red wheat and still provides whole grains. Compared to red wheat, white wheat lacks some of the pigmentation in the bran layer of the wheat berry; since that pigment carries an astringent flavor, white wheat is lighter in both color and flavor. The result is baked goods will be lighter in color than using whole wheat, they will also have a milder taste and be less coarse in texture. You can use it for cookies, bars, bread, muffins, pancakes as a substitute for all-purpose white flour and whole wheat flour. (Source: King Arthur’s Flour)

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Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Chocolate chip lactation cookies are a treat for breastfeeding mommies! Brewer's yeast, flaxseed, and oatmeal are the special ingredients.
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4.1 from 52 votes
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings 24 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brewers yeast
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • teaspoon nutmeg, grated
  • 1 ¼ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet, plus extra for topping the cookies
  • ¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes, plus 2 tablespoons chopped for topping cookies

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl stir together the flax and water, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. 
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat on high until creamy. Stir in the flax mixture.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, lightly whisk together the flour, yeast, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until just combined.
  • Sprinkle the flour mixture over the butter mixture and mix on low speed until just incorporated. 
  • Fold in the oats, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough into rounded mounds and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Use your fingers to flatten the rounds slightly, pressing down more if you like the cookies flatter.
  • Sprinkle with chopped coconut flakes and extra mini chocolate chips (if desired).
  • Bake cookies in the center part of the oven at 350°F for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden. 
  • After 2 minutes, transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack.

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Notes

  • Some moms have told me the recipe makes about 14 to 16 bigger cookies. You can get 24 smaller cookies if you level the tablespoon when measuring. Bigger cookies are always good too!

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Ani says

    Omg!!! The best chocolate chip cookie ( as healthy as it is) I’ve ever had so far. Works wonders, tastes delicious. Instead of butter I used extra virgin coconut oil- just to let you guys know. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Marybeth says

    Made a batch recently for my daughter who is feeding twin boys 🙂 🙂 and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious these cookies are! Dau is not a chocolate fan so I substituted raisins. Thank you so much for this recipe, Jessica!

  3. Kara says

    I just made these and substituted the sugars with coconut sugar and whole wheat flour. Came out great and soft and chewy.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Dyana says

    I found a debittered brewer’s yeast @ Sprouts & it made a BIG difference in the taste. I actually enjoy eating the lactation cookies now.

  5. Christina says

    How many cookies should I eat per day to increase my milk supply? Thank you I look forward to baking this weekend!

  6. Jessica says

    Thank you for sharing! These sound amazing, and I can’t wait to try them! Do you know if ground nutmeg versus grated would make a difference with the taste?

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