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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.
4.71 from 54 votes
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 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


  • 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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  • 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!

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 24 cookies
Calories 132kcal (7%)Carbohydrates 19g (6%)Protein 2g (4%)Fat 6g (9%)Saturated Fat 4g (20%)Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 18mg (6%)Sodium 57mg (2%)Potassium 2mgFiber 1g (4%)Sugar 10g (11%)Vitamin A 150IU (3%)Calcium 10mg (1%)Iron 0.7mg (4%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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  1. Daviana says

    Thank you for being honest and including that there us the lingering bitter taste due to the brewer’s yeast. I made other people’s recipes that were claiming to be the best cookies ever and I was very surprised with the taste. So thank you for being honest. I will be making this recipe tomorrow and using chocolate morsels for the extra chocolate.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Daviana- No problem! I have also found that adding some dried fruit like cherries or cranberries helps take away some of the lingering bitterness. It’s the last thing you chew, so you get that hint of sweetness at the end. I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  2. Diane says

    I made these yesterday and they’re the best lactation cookie recipe I’ve made yet! I’ve made two other recipes that were too dense. This was more cookie-like. Based on what I had in my pantry, I did half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. I only use regular sized semi-sweet chocolate chips. I also tossed in about 1/8 cup chopped pecans. I did press them down a little before baking, but they did slightly round out and spread just a tiny bit. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Diane! I’m so happy to hear that you liked the recipe, your substitutions sound delicious! I definitely ate many of these when I was nursing my son, gotta find ways to make it enjoyable for mommy too!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Lexey- Thanks for the great question! I haven’t made these into bars before, but I would suggest the following: Double the recipe since your pan is pretty large. If you have an 8X8 pan, that may be better for the original batch size. Spray the pan with cooking spray, spread the batter to an even thickness, top with more chocolate chips and coconut. Bake at 350F for at least 10 minutes, then check every 2 minutes or so until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs. These cookies are a little more dry than normal cookies with all of the lactation ingredients, so don’t over bake. The edges may turn golden brown, but try to shoot for a more just cooked appearance on the surface. I’ve seen in other recipes that bars take around 20 minutes or more. Let the bars completely cool in the pan before cutting. I would love to hear how these turn out for you!
      Let cool 1 hour before cutting into bars.

      • Lindsey Huber says

        I made these as bars yesterday for the first time. (Love as cookies but wanted to try something different) I double the recipe and bakes for about 15 mins. Now we’re done, but a little chewy. If you want a firmer bar I’d go at least 17 mins if not 20. I did check often after the 10 min mark like suggested, just didn’t want to over bake them!

        • Jessica Gavin says

          Thank you for trying the recipe Lindsay and putting your own spin on it! Thank you for your feedback, I can’t wait to try them as bars 🙂

  3. Rebecca says

    Loved the recipe. I have insufficient glandular tissue and with the help of supplements and some lactation cookies have been able to increase my supply enough to produce half of what my three month old needs. Thanks for the recipe. I used 1/2 cup oat flour and 1/2 cup white flour. I added walnuts as well.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe Rebecca! That’s amazing that you were able to increase your supply. The walnuts sound yummy!

  4. Eliska says

    Just made these cookies, hoping to increase my production. They are much better than the recipe provided by my friend! I took your advice and also added dried cranberries to counter the bitterness of the brewer’s yeast. I also substituted ground fennel seed for the flax seed since it’s what I had from my previous recipe. It made for a very tasty cookie, also very hearty, which I need since I have zero appetite and have to force myself to eat! Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies Eliska! The substation for fennel seed instead of flax sounds really yummy! A new mommy needs to keep her energy up 🙂

  5. Amanda says

    Silly question- i baked a very similar recipie today using steel cut oats and the oats didnt taste cooked eough for only baking about 12 minutes. Are the oats supposed to be cooked before adding them to the mixture or are they supposed to be dry?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Amanda- Great question! My recipe utilizes rolled oats, so they absorb more water, cook quicker and have a less chewy mouthfeel when cooked than steel cut. From the recipes I’ve read, it looks like many of these cook the steel cut oats first, then add them to the recipe. Typically steel cut oats need 20-30 minutes to cook with much more water required for cooking than rolled or instant oats. I would try cooking the oats, then adding 1:1 the amount of oats called out in the recipe. I think that since you are baking for only 12 minutes, and the oats don’t boil long enough in the cookie to become soft, you get those chewy bits. Let me know how it turns out!

  6. Irene says


    I have been looking at many recipes fof lactation cookies and yours sounds great, however, I have a hard time finding brewers yeast. Can something else be substituted for it like fenugreek? If so, how many capsules should I use?

    Thank you

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Irene- I totally understand. Do you have a whole foods or Sprouts nearby? Otherwise possibly buy online? I have this brand:

      Fenugreek has a very strong herbal flavor, not so yummy in a cookie. If you cannot find the brewers yeast I would recommend omitting it from the recipe. I would take the fenugreek as capsules separately so you can have the benefit if the cookie and the fenugreek. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I’m happy to help!

      • Irene says

        Thank you so much for your reply. I will try the recipe without as, even though, there is a whole foods store in the city I live in, it is hard for me to get there without a vehicle.

  7. maryanne says

    i will definatley try this recipie however i wish to know if i dont get the brewers yeast will it still stimulate the milk production and can i use dill and fennel seeds at the same tiime?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi MAryAnne- Haven’t tried the recipe without the brewer’s yeast so I do’ know if it will reduce milk production. There is still oats an flaxseed that could help. Do you mean add the dill and fennel to the cookie, or as part of other recipes? I’m not sure if eating those will affect milk production. Great questions!

  8. Jessica says

    These cookies are the best lactation cookies I have ever made! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I’ve also noticed an increase in my supply 🙂

  9. Stephanie says

    I just made these 🙂 I added in 6 capsules of Fenugreek and more chocolate than the recipe called for just because, well why not? These have a minimal bitter taste and I could eat them all day! Thank you for the recipe! My milk supply dropped significantly when I was unable to nurse or pump for 2 days and I’m not having trouble getting little one to latch because there’s very little there for him. I’m hoping these will help my supply just enough that I can get my son to latch again and hopefully get back to full daytime breastfeeding 🙂

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Congratulations Stephanie on your bundle of joy! I loved treating myself to these cookies when I was home with my little one 🙂 That’s a great idea to add the fenugreek and more chocolate, you deserve it!

  10. Lindsey says

    I absolutely LOVE this receipe!!! With my first child I had gone through 3 different recipes and resorted to purchasing them.. This one tho takes the cake! So glad I found this one

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Yay Lindsay! I am so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the recipe 🙂 Have you tried switching up any of the flavors? I’ve even added cranberries and white chocolate to a few batches.

  11. Nicole Mishkin says

    Hi Jessica-
    This recipe is delicious! So much better than the store bought lactation cookies. Do you happen to have the nutritional information for these cookies?

  12. Trish says

    Hi! I love these cookies so I decided to double the recipe and was wondering if they keep well frozen or in the fridge to make them last longer? Also how many should be eaten to help increase my milk supply?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Trish! I’m so happy that you enjoy the cookies! Yes, you can individually wrap them in the freezer and place them in a resealable plastic bag. Take them out to defrost or you can microwave for a few seconds to reheat. I’m sure you could refrigerate them as well. I would keep them for about a week in the fridge and a month in the freezer. I don’t have an exact number of cookies to eat to increase supply, but I would usually eat about 2 a day. I hope that helps!

  13. Vanessa says

    I just made these but using 2 tablespoons per cookie i did not have enough dough for 24 cookies. What did I do wrong?

  14. Stef says

    Do you think I’d be able to make the cookie dough in advance, freeze it, and bake them after baby arrives? Or is it best to make the whole recipe fresh? Thanks, Stef

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Great question Stef! I think you could definitely portion out the dough, let it come to room temp or at least so you are able to press them down and then bake. You could also bake, freeze and defrost or put in the microwave for a few seconds so it’s nice and warm 🙂 When is your due date? So exciting!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Sarita, great question! I have not substituted oil for butter but you can certainly give it a try. I have melted butter for chewy chocolate chip cookies, so I would guess that the texture may change (more chewy), but I think it’s worthwhile to give a try. If you are using canola oil try 1/3 cup instead of 1/2 cup of butter. If you are using avocado oil use 7 tablespoons instead of 8 tablespoons butter (1/2 cup). Make sure the oil and sugars are combined well before you add the eggs and other ingredients. Let me know how it turns out!

  15. sarita says

    Hi Jessica,I used 1/3 cup oil and I use some Hempseed too. It was great.Thanks for the nice recipe.Its very tasty thanks once again :).

  16. kristina says

    I am sooo excited about these cookies!!! I’m not sure if they are going to help with my milk production,but I am very hopeful. I just finished baking my first batch, I followed the recipe as is other than a few small things. I didn’t have butter so I used 1/2 cup coconut oil instead. Coconut oil can be substituted for butter or veg. oil in any baking recipes 1:1 meaning 1tsp butter/oil=1tsp coconut oil. I took your advice and added 1/4 cup dried cranberries, and 1/4 cup extra chocolate chips. I also only used one type of chocolate chips instead of some mini ones. They aren’t bitter at all, I absolutely love them!!! My husband who doesn’t like coconut or cranberries has already eaten 3 of them, I’m gonna have to hide myself some before the kids find them!!! the recipe only made 15 cookies, but they are pretty big!!! Thank you so much. I love these cookies!! OH and a side not if for some reason u only have self rising flour you can simply remove the salt and baking powder from the recipe and it will turn out just the same!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you for your great substitution tips Kristina! I’m especially happy to hear that the coconut oil worked. Did you melt it first? So happy to hear that the whole family likes the recipe 🙂

      • Bunny says

        These are hands down the best lactation cookies Ive made! Thanks so much for the recipe! I use coconut oil (not melted) due to my baby having a milk protein intolerance. I also added a couple table spoons of coco baking powder to make them double chocolate. 🙂

        These are amazing!

        • Jessica Gavin says

          Whoo hoo! You are so welcome 🙂 I am definitely enjoying them now as I’m feeding my daughter. Love the addition of the cocoa!

  17. Shay Walker says

    These are my FAVORITE lactation cookies!They are so easy and can be versatile! I usually omit the chocolate and coconut and add raisins! Just made a new batch using craisins and almond slivers!
    Works every time!! Thank you!!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      I’m so thrilled to hear that you enjoy these cookies Shay! Great combinations you have going, I’ll have to give it a try!

  18. Sara says

    My brewer’s yeast just arrived today and I’m excited to try this recipe! I have to make these dairy free because my little guy has a dairy intolerance. Do you know if applesauce can be substituted for the butter?Thanks!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Yay Sara! I’m never substituted applesauce for butter in cookies before. I did a little researching and it looks like you could replace all, or do just a 1/2 replacement however the texture will be more cakey, dense and chewy. A little bit of oil with give it a little more crisp edges. Creaming the butter and sugar together aerates the dough making it less dense and providing a more crisp and chewy texture. I would love to hear what you decide to do and how it turns out!

      • Sara says

        Thanks for the info, Jessica! These cookies are delicious! I ended replacing the butter with applesauce and coconut oil (1/4 c each). I also chilled the dough before baking because I was worried the oil might make them flatten out more. They did turn out a little bit cake-like (soft and chewy instead of crispy) but still very tasty. They didn’t flatten out much at all so next time I think I might just try all oil instead of the applesauce. Thanks again! I’ll definitely be making these more often.

        • Jessica Gavin says

          Yay Sara! Thank you for sharing your cookie results 🙂 I”m so happy that you liked the flavor. I’ll have to give those substitutions a try! I always flatten the cookie dough a bit before baking because it doesn’t spread much.

  19. Jessica Peña says

    These cookies are delicious! I only pump after she nurses in the morning and at night before bed and have gotten an extra ounce each time. Thank you so much Jessica. I’ve shared your website with the moms in my breastfeeding group as well.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you Jessica! Wow, that’s so great to hear that you were able to produce more milk 🙂 Thank you for sharing with other fabulous mommies!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Lindsay! I have not tried using quick oats, but you can certainly give them a try. Since they are finer cut pieces of rolled oats, I’d imagine the cookie would have a less hearty and chewy texture from the large flakes of oats. Please let me know how it turns out!

  20. Melanie Webster says

    I absolutely adore this recipe, I have been making batch after batch for friends for a year or so now. I do use spelt flour instead of wheat which works really well, and I also sub the sugar for coconut sugar. But it is a great recipe and everybody loves them!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Yay Melanie! I am expecting my second in october, so I will have to try your spelt flour and coconut sugar substitute. You are so sweet making these cookies for your friends, I’m thrilled to hear that they love them 🙂

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Ami, great question! I found a great basic starting guideline after doing some research. The recommendations are to increase oven temp by 15-25 degrees to set the cookies before they overly expand or dry out, so 375F. Also check the baking time earlier since you are increasing the oven temperature. It’s also recommended to increase by 1 to 2 tablespoons water at 3,000 feet, increase by 1 1/2 teaspoons for each additional 1,000 feet to help prevent the cookies from drying out. To help strengthen the structure of the cookie you could also add more flour; at 3,500 feet, add 1 more tablespoon per recipe. For each additional 1,500 feet, add one more tablespoon. I believe Colorado is about 6800 feet in elevation? Let me know if this helps and how it turns out!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Alexis- Congrats! Very excited for you 🙂 I don’t see why you couldn’t eat them before you have the baby, but if you are unsure I would check with your doctor.

  21. Franciaca Garcia says

    Hi Jessica! My daughter is allegric to egg and i substitute it with anything else or completely eliminate it? Who it make a difference?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Franciaca- Yes! You can double the amount of flaxseed meal and water (2 tablespoons flax and 1/4 cup water) to make flax egg instead of real egg.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. Christina says

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

  27. 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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