This yummy oatmeal cookie recipe is one of the many ways for breastfeeding/pumping mamas to maintain their milk supply. Bake a batch for yourself and share with other lactating mamas you know, homemade goodies that support breastfeeding show you care!  **Please note: the use of lactation cookies is not approved for milk donors through Prolacta Bioscience.**

Here are some tips before you get started:

  • Whole oats should always be used – not ‘quick’ oats (the type that cook in a few minutes in the microwave). Be sure when you buy your oats (‘oatmeal’) that you are purchasing whole, natural rolled oats. If you can get the extra thick oats, that’s even better.
  • Do NOT substitute the Brewer’s Yeast with regular yeast for making bread. You can find Brewer’s Yeast at natural food markets, health food stores or large grocery stores.
  • Flax seed is prepped many ways. The version most useful for baking is the milled flax seed that you will find in your local store.
  • This recipe makes a lot of cookies! Instead of baking all the cookies at once, freeze some of the dough. Scoop the dough into balls onto a large baking sheet or 13×9 inch pan. Place in the freezer until hard.  Then transfer to a ziplock bag or air-tight container. This allows you to bake one tray at a time and enjoy fresh hot cookies whenever you want! Bake frozen dough for about one minute longer.

Lactation Cookies**

2 Tablespoons flax seed meal

4 Tablespoons water

1 cup butter, soften to room temperature

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour (all-purpose or white whole wheat)

3-4 Tablespoons brewer’s yeast

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flax seed meal and water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl or stand-up mixer, beat butter and brown sugar well.
  4. Add eggs and beat well.
  5. Add flax seed mixture and vanilla, beat well.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda & salt.
  7. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, mix well.
  8. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  9. Scoop by rounded tablespoons onto baking tray.
  10. Bake 12 minutes.
  11. Cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Be creative and try these variations or additions:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • flaked or shredded coconut
  • dried cranberries, cherries, apricots or raisins
  • white chocolate chips

Other tips to maintain your milk supply:

Remember to keep up your water intake. Have a glass of water next to you every time you breastfeed (right next to your cookies!). Ideally have a water bottle with you all the time and try to sip every 15 minutes.

Offer the breast more frequently. Demand equals supply as far as breast milk goes – when you pump or your baby is nursing at the breast it sends signals to make more milk!

Check out our past Blog post: Tips for Maintaining Your Milk Supply

**PLEASE NOTE: The use of lactation cookies as well as any herbs, teas or medications to increase your milk supply, is NOT approved through Milkin’ Mamas or any other milk donation program affiliated with Prolacta Bioscience. Prolacta-affiliated donor milk programs are solely for mothers who have excess milk, and because use of a lactation aid could indicate that a mother does not produce excess milk, Prolacta-affiliated milk banks cannot accept milk from mothers who consume these cookies or other lactation aids.