Lactation Cookies for Nursing Mamas

Nursing mamas… this post is for YOU! Did you know that you are strongly encouraged to eat cookies to ensure that you’ll have enough milk to feed your little one? Yup. It’s true. COOKIES!

Many mamas wonder if they’re making enough milk for their little babes, especially during their little ones’ growth spurts! Some tried and true ways to ensure you’re making enough milk are to drink tons of water, eat real oatmeal, take Fenugreek and eat these cookies (alright, that part might not be proven, but these can posibly give your supply a nice boost).

And, hello… they’re cookies. You’re welcome.

This recipe was taken from The Leaky B@@b. I modified it just a bit. They include lots of yummy oatmeal as well as Brewer’s yeast and flax seed, ingredients thought by many to help boost your milk supply. Beware… they are very tasty! You might have to hide them from your husband so he doesn’t start lactating! (just kidding… that won’t happen if he eats these.)


1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons flax seed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (mine came in capsule form, so I crushed up about 40 pills with a rolling pin to make a powder)
3 cup rolled oats
¾ cup chocolate chips
½ -¾ cup dried cranberries


1. Mix the flour, baking soda, brewer’s yeast and oats in a bowl and set aside.

2. Cream together butter and sugars.

3. Add eggs, vanilla and flax to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing well after each addition.

5. Stir in chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

*The original recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips, but I was a little short so I added some dried cranberries to make up for it.

6. Using a melon baller, drop cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

7. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 minutes.

8. Let cool on the baking sheet for five minutes and then move to a cooling rack.

9. Eat, enjoy and lactate!

This recipe made about four dozen cookies. I probably should have halved the recipe so I didn’t have so many cookies in my house because they are quite tasty. After all, I’m hoping to not be wearing my maternity pants by the time K is 2 ½. Oh well, I decided I’d share the batch with my friend who welcomed a baby new last week.

Bon Appetit, breastfeeding mamas!

By MaryEllen M.

Mary Ellen lives in upstate New York with her hubby Chris and her two little men Brody (born December 2010) and Kieran (born March 2013). She teaches in an elementary school and loves being a working mom! In her spare time, she likes to be crafy, take pictures, cut coupons, cook and watch crappy reality TV and reruns of Law and Order SVU. She is so grateful for the love and support of her family, friends, and of course, her PB Mamas. You can find more blog posts by Mary Ellen in the "Real Life" and "Real Reviews" categories.

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17 Responses to Lactation Cookies for Nursing Mamas

  1. These sound delicious, even thought i’m not nursing right now, I may have to make them anyway! Thanks for sharing!

  2. These are in the oven right now! I’m not a big fan of cranberries so I left them out. I made about 20 cookies and only used about a quarter of the dough, haha! So I froze the rest for future cookies. :) Thanks for the awesome recipe, Mary Ellen! I can’t wait to try them.

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  4. I just made these cookies and let me tell you…. Best oatmeal cookie I’ve ever eaten.. I too didn’t have enough chocolate chips.. I didn’t have cranberries either but I used butterscotch chips… Yum!!! I froze half the recipe for later :) thank you for sharing!

  5. Does it matter if you use quick cooking oats or regular ones?

    • Hayley - I don’t think it matters at all. I don’t even remember which kind I used for this particular recipe, but I know I’ve made oatmeal cookies with both kinds. Enjoy!

  6. I know the flax is okay, but not sure about the yeast for the kiddos. Are these okay for the rest of the family to have? If you say no, I won’t have a problem not sharing them at all…

  7. You need to use old fashioned oats or steel cut not instant or quick. What helps with increasing your milk supply is taken out to make the cookies cook faster.

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  10. How any cookies should u eat a day to help with production

    • Hi Ilvia, I’m not exactly sure - since the recipe calls for 3 cups of oats and a serving of oats is 1/2 cup, eating 1/6th of the recipe would be one serving…this made 4 dozen so 1/6th of that would be 8 cookies! I’d consider these a tasty way to give your supply a little nudge, but I wouldn’t rely just on the cookies to help with production. Good luck!

  11. I made these today! I halved the recipe and added cinnamon! It was great thank u very much!

  12. These turned out fantastic, so delicious! Even in high elevation they turned out, recipe AS IS! I added a scoop of chia seeds (use them in everything) for an extra boost of nutritional goodness! Thanks for such a successful recipe!!

  13. Just made some of these babies right now! They taste great, but for some reason mine didn’t really spread out very much and almost retain their original ball-like shape and don’t look like those lovely disks you have in your pictures. Did I make the batter too dry? I’m sure I followed the recipe’s exact measurements.

    • Tammy - Good question. I wish I could help you. I feel like every time I make ANY kind of cookies they turn out a little different. I’ve read that many different things could play a factor from the freshness of the baking soda, the age of the eggs, if the batter is/was refrigerated or not, if the butter was melted, firm or soft and the condition of the cookie sheets. I’m glad they taste great though!

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