Lactation Cookie Recipe to Help Breast Milk Supply

Lactation Cookies


Does breast milk come in chocolate? The answer is of course no, but now that I have your attention, let’s talk about something that will help a breastfeeding mom boost her milk supply. And yes, this does involve CHOCOLATE!

Lactation cookies are one of the yummiest ways to try and increase your supply. Most moms fear their supply will dwindle and they will be forced to supplement. Before you lose all hope, try making these delicious cookies. You can even make them for your children and husband. The key ingredients are flaxseed meal, Brewers Yeast and oatmeal. You can always add other ingredients like coconut, walnuts, raisins, or anything that your heart…. and taste buds desire. Here is the best lactation cookie recipe to help breast milk supply.

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Lactation Cookies
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  • Lactation Cookies
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 4 T water
  • 2 T flaxseed meal (DO NOT substitute)
  • 2 Lg eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 C Thick cut oats
  • 1 C Chocolate chips
  • 2 T Brewers Yeast (DO NOT substitute)
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs.
  5. Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
  6. Beat until well blended.
  7. Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
  8. Add butter mix to dry ingredients.
  9. Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
  10. Drop on parchmant paper on baking sheet.
  11. Bake 8-12 minutes.

Lactation Cookies

I would recommend eating more than 4 cookies a day. In fact, you should be eating plenty of calories while breastfeeding. Think of it this way… While eating all this delicious food you can say, “hey! I’m doing this for my baby and for my supply!”

Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.”~Pamela K. Wiggins.


Looking for more ways to increase your milk supply? Check out this article HERE



  1. says

    This is GREAT! I had my supply dwindle when I went back onto birth control (2 years ago now) and I wish I would have know this then! Now I know what to do when the next baby comes.

  2. Mandi says

    I have a 7 month old that I have nursed but have had to start supplementing because I lost most of my milk, I think I’ll make these and see if it’ll help get my supply back up……..thank you

    • says

      Definitely give these a try! There are other great ways to try and increase your supply. Simple ways include eating oatmeal (I’d recommend at least twice a day), drinking more water, offering to nurse more, etc. We will have a post up sometime soon with a list of ways to help. If you ever need anything, please email us! All of the moms here have nursed and can offer advice! Congrats on making it 7 months so far! =)

  3. Traci says

    Would it make a difference if I am still pregnant? I really want to breast feed and do everything in my power to make it easier but some of the things people suggest to boost milk supply, like raspberry leaf tea, has been said to be bad to take during pregnancy. Must it all be so confusing? lol ;p

    • says

      Hi Tracy, I would definitely ask your doctor on this one. My doctor recommended I add flaxseed to my meals while I was pregnant, but there are a lot of debates about whether or not you should.

      Brewer’s Yeast contains a lot of wonderful vitamins and seems to be safe for pregnancy, but I would definitely put in a call and ask as well. Here’s some info about Brewer’s Yeast:

      As for the other ingredients, all should be safe as they are normal ingredients to regular cookies

    • says

      Also, how far along are you? I am not sure if trying anything while pregnant would make a difference since your milk wont be coming in until your little one is born. But, the cookies are still delicious either way :)

    • Jamie says

      I took red raspberry tea all through my pregnancy (first pregnancy, I’m 27 and had a normal & healthy pregnancy) and my son is now 5 months, health, strong, sleeps like a champ and is happy as a clam! I would recommend the tea through your pregnancy. It’s even great for after labor in helping your uterus contract, during your period for cramps and women in menopause. I’m going to try these cookies tomorrow. I’m not having problems with my supply (I’m EBF) but I want to store up more in my freezer to use after he weens or that I can donate. I will let you know how things turn out :)

  4. Jessica says

    Im so excited to try these im baking them tonight. I did substitute the chocolate chips for cacao nibs. Rich in antioxidants and magnesium and chocolate in its purest form. I hope they turn out as good if not better cause I perfer dark chocolate anyway.
    Do you have other lactation receipts?

    • says

      How did they come out?? I currently do not, but I will be on the hunt for some! :) I will have to try the chocolate chip substitution! Those sound WAY better! Thanks for that!

      • says

        The book Parents Need to Eat Too offers a whole chapter devoted to recipes to boost milk supply. The recipe for strawberry barley water sounds weird, but I liked it :) I struggled with keeping my milk supply up during the last several months of breast feeding, but my own version of lactation cookies and the recipes from this book got me through a full year without having to supplement.

  5. Heidi says

    I really want to make these! But what exactly is brewer’s yeast? And where can I find it? I can’t use regular yeast, can I? What brand is it?

    • says

      Hi Heidi! Definitely do not substitute the Brewer’s Yeast! It is one of the main ingredients that will help with your supply! Like Emily said, you can get it at your local health food store: Whole Foods, Trader Joes, GNC, etc. You can also get it online at places like Amazon.

  6. Rachel says

    These just came out of the oven and they are DELICIOUS. Hoping to see a boost in my supply in the next couple days but if not I just might continue to make these anyway! :) Thanks for the recipe.

    • says

      Oh!!! I am so glad to hear you enjoy them as much as I do! Remember: Don’t eat just one! It is your time to indulge! Hope they work for you like they did for me!

  7. Nancy says

    Found this on pinterest and I cant wait to make them! Can I double the recipe? I know I’m going to have little munchers on them too, so its good to have them in bulk!
    (and how many should you have a day? :) )

    • says

      Absolutely you can double the recipe! We go through them quick at our house! haha. I would recommend at LEAST 4. Usually in a day I would eat about 6, but then again, I LOVE cookies! :)

  8. Tiki says

    saw this recipe on pinterest and i’m def gonna try these. i’m on 9 1/2 months with breastfeeding my first baby boy. there are some days i get a little worried that my supply will hold up. i have used a supplement called more milk plus by motherlove to increase my supply on days i am low. it works great but i’d love to try something like cookies which i looooove to eat! thanks for this recipe.

  9. says

    Found you on Pinterest! LOVE the cookies! I made them last night, and even my hubby loves them (which may or may not be a bad thing…). :o) He’s calling them “boobie cookies.” Wish me luck…I’ve tried everything from Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle to oatmeal to beer at night to a hospital grade pump and Power Pumping. :o) I will NOT give up!!

    • says

      I am SO glad to hear that, Brenna!!! Don’t forget to check out the “Increasing your Supply” article I have linked! Lots of great suggestions on there as well. I love your determination! Good luck mama!

  10. Catharine says

    I made these last night – they turned out delicious! I’m a few weeks away from my due date still, so they are in the freezer for now. The only things I would perhaps try next time is using whole wheat flour (maybe just half and half just to see), and pressing down on the cookies (like peanut butter cookies) before baking. That, or add more fat (in this case, butter). I found the cookies stayed in a very ball-like shape, which tells me there wasn’t enough fat for a better spread. Either way, what a great way to up my nutrition to the baby in these vital months in a delicious way! Thanks for sharing. I’ll let you know how the tweaks go next time…I’m sure they won’t last long :)

    • says

      I am so glad you enjoyed these!!! Please let me know how you like the whole wheat flour if you decide to make some with it! It would be a great alternative!

  11. Marcus says

    Just made these today for my wife. They are fresh from the oven and cooling now! The batter was delicious and so far they smell amazing. Hoping they cooked well and taste even better. We are only a month in, but latching has been a painful challenge for her. We have been using the pump more and were concerned the production would drop so hope these will help. Thanks!

  12. Lisa says

    How many cookies do you have to eat in order to see supply increase?
    This is embarrassing to admit … I ate ALL the cookies in 4 days.
    I haven’t seen an increase :(

  13. Anna says

    I was wondering if you can tell me what brand of brewers yeast you used. From reading post seems like it has a taste and I don’t want it to interfere with the taste of the cookies.

    • says

      Marissa, when I freeze cookies, I usually freeze them in little balls before baking. Then I can take a few out and bake them as I need them.

      • Jenn says

        Oooh! Freeze the dough just like buying the pre-shaped cookie dough packages. Great tip! I love making these. Throwing some together right now actually. :)

  14. MJ says

    I just made these tonight and I LOVE them! I will for sure not have problem eating 4-6 a day. I did substitute 1 cup regular flour for 1 cup quinoa flour. Quinoa is a great way to get more complete proteins into your diet and I am sure all us moms can use the extra boost. The dough was a little stickier but had great spread and the cookies came out so soft :) Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

  15. Shel says

    I just made these cookies and they’re pretty good. My husband even liked them and he doesn’t like sweets (as much as I do. Haha). For the Brewer’s Yeast I was able to find a couple brands at the Vitamin Shoppe. I wasn’t able to include all 3 cups of Oatmeal because as I added more and more it was harder to mix (I got up to 1.5-2 cups). I also wasn’t sure if these cookies would be soft so I included a packet of vanilla pudding mix. Hopefully they do help with breastmilk production because I need all the help I can get with twins. Thank you for the recipe!

  16. Lindsey says

    I just made these today, they taste good but they turned out more like bread than cookies, did I do something wrong or is this the way everyone’s turned out?

  17. says

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll be interested in trying this out – I’m expecting twin boys in March 2014 and everyone keeps worrying me that I won’t produce enough milk to breastfeed. I may need all the help (i.e., cookies) I can get!

  18. ashley says

    Im 27 weeks pregnant with my first and was wondering if it is safe to eat them? I assume even if i cant pump yet they are still good for you, could anything in them cause preterm labor for for time pregnancy? What i rwally want is to start making milk now, but i havent been able to get any answsrs on whether its safe to eat the cookies and maybe slowly bring myself into pumping little by little. I wsnt to save.milk and donate later, but i also have been told that even if i do that i will still make colostrum for baby when she gets herw, anyone have any advice that could help? Ive already heard a lot of i should eait till she is herw, but i wanna hear input on the other side of the question. Thanks in advance!

    • says

      Hi Ashley,
      You can eat these cookies anytime, but I recommend you speak with your ob/gyn about milk production/pumping while pregnant.

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