Lactation Cookies


At my 6 week dr check up (I can’t believe its been 6 weeks!), my doctor talked to me about my return to work in November (Wahhhhhh!  I  want more maternity leave!!). She suggested pumping 3 times at work to keep up a supply on top of my morning and late night pump sessions.  Yeah, that is not going to happen.  I can pump on my plan/lunch break and that’s about it.  Each pumping session I get 1 feeding’s worth of milk.  Right now that is fine; I have a good size stash in my freezer. Still, I would like to get more milk from each session to make up for the fact that I can’t get as many sessions in as desired.

That problem was sitting in my mind when I happened to come across lactation cookies at Babies R Us.  I bought one cookie, crossed my fingers, and hoped for some kind of increase in my milk supply.  I ate my cookie before dinner.  That night and the next morning I pumped an additional 3 oz each time.  I was pretty excited and knew I had to keep these in my diet. Yet, at almost $3 a pop and $25 for a bag of 9, I couldn’t afford to buy them.  Luckily there are a ton of recipes online.  I headed to my health/whole foods store to get some of the ingredients as Brewers Yeast and flaxseed meal are not normally stocked in my pantry.

brewers yeast

Heads up: Brewers Yeast runs about $11-$15 and you get a medium-sized tub.  You only need a few tablespoons so know you will have a lot leftover.  To help save money you can look at your neighborhood groups and mom groups on Facebook.  I know there are a lot of moms who will give some away for free or really cheap.  The following is the recipe I’m using.  They taste pretty good, and 55 cookies for way less than $25 is a better deal.

Lactation cookie recipe to increase breastmilk supply for baby.


Lactation Cookies
adapted from How Sweet Eats
Serves: 55
  • 3 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbs. brewers yeast
  • 3 tbs. ground flaxseed
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, brewers yeast, flaxseed meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy.
  3. Add in the sugar and beat until fluffy.
  4. Add in the egg and egg yolk,combine.
  5. Add in the vanilla extract and combine.
  6. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined.
  7. Unattach mixer and combine the dough with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  8. Mix in chocolate chips with your hands.
  9. Shape into 1 inch balls.
  10. Flatten balls into discs.
  11. Place discs on cookie sheet.
  12. Bake at 350 for 12 min.-until golden on the bottom.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 122 Fat: 6 Saturated fat: 4 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 15 Sugar: 9 Sodium: 28 Fiber: 1 Protein: 2 Cholesterol: 14

 adapted from How Sweet Eats.