If you’re a new mama, or if you know a new mama, take it from me: these cookies are LIFE SAVERS. Not only in that they can increase milk supply in those early days of breastfeeding, but also in that they are incredibly delicious and such a wonderful treat for getting through those tough postpartum days! Even my husband loved these (yes, my husband ate these and contrary to what he feared, no he did not suddenly start producing milk).
All you need is some oatmeal (old-fashioned oats), ground flaxseed, brewer’s yeast, and a few other cookie dough ingredients to whip these yummy lactation cookies up in about 20 minutes!
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What are Lactation Cookies?
Breastfeeding cookies, nursing cookies, and lactation cookies are all the same thing. But what exactly are they?
Lactation cookies are oatmeal cookies that can help increase milk supply for a nursing mother. The combination of rolled oats, flaxseed, and brewer’s yeast helps with the production of milk and can help a new mom with her breastfeeding journey during those early, difficult postpartum days.
Do Lactation Cookies Really Work?
I swear by them. After two c-section babies that both arrived much earlier than expected, my milk supply was definitely not ready to go and we struggled for weeks. I finally made these cookies and ate them 3 times a day along with Mother’s Milk Tea, and within a couple of days my milk supply skyrocketed! So I truly believe that yes, lactation cookies really do work.
Where to Buy Lactation Cookies?
You can buy lactation cookies on Amazon, at Target, Walmart, and many grocery stores. However, I will say that they are pretty expensive, you only get a few, and many of them do not contain brewer’s yeast, which is a key ingredient for milk supply. Not to mention, homemade cookies taste WAY better! 😉
Here’s what you’ll need to make these delicious cookies:
Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats – The base of this recipe is old-fashioned rolled oats!
Whole Wheat Flour – I love using whole wheat flour in these cookies, but regular all-purpose flour works great, too.
Brewer’s Yeast – Brewer’s Yeast helps increase milk supply! So we’re adding it to these cookies. Oddly enough, it actually adds a unique and delicious flavor that makes these cookies super addicting!
Ground Flaxseed – Ground Flaxseed can also help increase milk supply and add healthy fats and protein, making these cookies nutritious and delicious!
Coconut Oil – These breastfeeding cookies use coconut oil instead of butter, which makes them dairy-free. However, good ‘ol regular butter works great, too!
Eggs – Easily make these cookies by using flax eggs instead of regular eggs if desired.
Dark Chocolate Chips – These are my favorite dairy-free dark chocolate chips for all cookie recipes!
Can I Make Lactation Cookies Without Brewer’s Yeast?
Yes! Simply replace the amount of brewer’s yeast in the recipe with vanilla protein powder or more flour.
How to Make the BEST Lactation Cookies
Making lactation cookies is SO incredibly easy! Simply mix the dry ingredients, mix the liquid ingredients, combine, and roll the dough into medium-sized cookies. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes!
TIP: Add a sprinkle of sea salt on top of each cookie to make these extra delicious!
When should I start eating lactation cookies?
You can start eating lactation cookies as soon as baby arrives! Even weeks or a couple of months after having a baby, lactation cookies are still effective and helpful for increasing milk supply.
How many lactation cookies should I eat everyday?
I recommend eating 3 cookies a day for increased milk supply!
Can men eat lactation cookies?
Yes! The only “unconventional” ingredient in lactation cookies is brewer’s yeast. So NO, they will not cause a man to start producing milk, but YES they will help a nursing mama increase or bring in her milk supply!
Can I freeze lactation cookies?
Absolutely! I loved making a big batch of these cookies and freezing half of them for later. Simply thaw them out the night before or heat them for a few seconds in the microwave and enjoy!
These cookies can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days, in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, and the freezer for up to 3 months.
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The BEST Lactation Cookies (Dairy Free)
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup brewer's yeast
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (slightly melted)
- 1 cup raw cane sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the oats, flour, brewer's yeast, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the coconut oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and almond milk together.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.
- Fold the chocolate chips into the dough.
- Form the dough into cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes.
- Enjoy or store for later!