Sep 11, 2021 (Last updated Aug 23, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani
Hiya friends! Today I am sharing my Lactation Cookies recipe, to help us mommas boost our milk supply. Yep, you can actually increase your milk production with chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Who would have thought?!
These lactation cookies are healthy, vegan and SO tasty!! They use wholesome ingredients that are recommended to help women boost milk supply; like oats, flaxseeds and brewer’s yeast. It’s an easy recipe to bake and batch-freeze so that you have them on hand whenever you need.
Both these cookies and my lactation brownies have been a perfect postpartum snack. These cookies also make for a great breakfast-to-go, and I love snacking on them during those night feeds.
It took me a few rounds to perfect this lactation cookies recipe, and I can confidently say they are absolutely delicious! Even my husband and dad love them! I had to start swatting their hands away because, well – these cookies are for the bubba!
Our bubba, Oliver is 2 weeks old (HOW!?) and I can confidently say that my milk is coming in strong!! Of course there are many factors that contribute to improving milk supply, but I truly believe these cookies and a healthy plant-based diet have contributed to my milk production.
So, let me tell you exactly how to make these lactation cookies, so. you can enjoy them and all the benefits of increased milk supply!
This lactation cookies recipe is:
I know you’re going to love these lactation cookies as much as I do, and I’m sure you’ll reap all the benefits too.
So, what are lactation cookies and how do they differ from regular chewy chocolate chip cookies? Lactation cookies aim to boost milk supply and nourish the postpartum body with specific ingredients known to do so – baked into a delicious cookie!
Typically, lactation cookies recipes, and those on the market, are high in whole grain carbohydrates (according to Parents.com, this can make you feel relaxed and help with let-down), they are naturally sweetened, and contain healthy fats.
Lactation cookies contain ingredients that are known to increase breast milk production – such as oats, flaxseeds, and brewer’s yeast. But the thing is, purchasing lactation cookies can be costly! So why not make them at home? It’s easy!
There are many things that can contribute to improving milk supply. According to The Bump, the best way to increase milk supply is to relax, eat healthy food, and nurse baby often.
So, let’s talk about the nutritious ingredients in this cookie recipe that helps with milk production:
Oats are probably the most popular breast milk makers. According to Today’s Parent: oats have a higher concentration of dietary beta-glucan than any other food. Beta-glucan is a type of fiber that’s said to raise the levels of the breastfeeding hormone prolactin, and higher prolactin levels can have a positive effect on breast milk production. See this article about oats from Very Well Family for more about the nutritional benefits of oats and breastfeeding.
In addition to this recipe, I’ve got lots of tasty oatmeal recipes on the blog for you to nosh on, including this really tasty, easy, and popular Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe. My Chocolate Chip Banana Baked Oatmeal has been another godsend, and hubby really enjoys this recipe too!
According to The Bump, flaxseeds are among the best ways to increase milk supply thanks to their healthy fats content. I’ve used ground flaxseeds in this recipe, which is really beneficial because flaxseeds can be hard to process in whole form. Ground flaxseeds also make for a great “vegan egg” substitute, which binds the lactation cookies together. It’s a win-win!
Of the ingredients in this cookie recipe, this is likely the most unfamiliar. Brewer’s yeast is typically sold in powdered form (or as a supplement), and its most often used to make beer and wine. I bought mine on Amazon (affiliate link).
Brewer’s Yeast is said to be effective at increasing milk supply, and is often a main ingredient promoted in store-bought lactation cookies. This is because it’s packed with iron, protein and B vitamins, which increase milk production.
As I mentioned, I couldn’t find brewers yeast at my local grocery store, and so I ordered it on Amazon (affiliate link). It tends to have a bitter flavour, so I ordered the “reduced bitterness”version. It worked really well in this cookie recipe – they don’t taste bitter at all!
It’s really simple to make these lactation cookies, and anyone can do it! (Husbands, are you listening?)
Essentially we will start by combining all the dry ingredients into a small bowl. Cream together the vegan butter and sugar in a separate bowl with a hand mixer, and add the maple syrup and vanilla. Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir everything to combine.
Finish by adding the vegan chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
Roll the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 350F/180C for 12 minutes, and you have yourself some lactation cookies that are deliciously chewy, sweet, and chocolatey!
Absolutely! You can freeze this recipe for up to 6 months. Store in an air-tight container.
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So, there we have it, a delicious lactation cookies recipe to help you with let down and boost milk supply! These cookies are easy to make, vegan, healthy and delicious! I know you’re going to love snacking on these, and I hope they work as well for you as they have for me.
If you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. And, let me know if you’d like me to share other tips I’ve used for helping with milk production! I’d love to share if it’s helpful!
And of course, if you make this recipe, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
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