What we’re eating: lactation cookies

by Christina on September 21, 2016

I’ve been making this “healthy/lactation” cookie recipe for years now and love eating them when pregnant and nursing, but also when not. They’re easy and fast to make.


Our whole family has been eating a lot of them recently, and I’ve been making a big batch of dough to keep in the fridge for near-nightly baking.

fullsizerender_3 They are based off this recipe for “lactation cookies,” and while there’s not great evidence around foods or herbs to increase milk supply, anecdotally we hear about things like oatmeal, fenugreek, flax seeds, brewers yeast, and beer. Certainly getting enough calories, nutrients, healthy fats, omega-3s, and fiber is really important for both your and your baby’s nutrition.

You can find a lot of recipes for lactation cookies online, but below is the recipe I’ve been using – tweaking it a bit from here:

  • 1 cup melted grass-fed butter (we like Kerrygold butter)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup syrup (note: if I’m making these for other people I’ll usually increase this to 1-2 cups. It can be whatever sweetener you prefer — agave, honey, sugar, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3 cups of oats
  • 4 tablespoons brewers yeast
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts


fullsizerender_4Directions: Combine wet ingredients, add dry ingredients, mix all well. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

A lot of moms are worried about having enough milk for their babes. It’s always in the back of my mind, especially after going back to work and pumping throughout the day. Am I drinking enough water? Am I eating enough? How many ounces will I pump? Am I too stressed and rushed?

These cookies may not necessarily increase my supply but they at least help give me calories, good fats, and fiber… all important things. They’re also great to bring to work for mid-meal snacking or to eat while pumping.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny September 22, 2016 at 1:08 am

Yum!! What kind of flour?


Christina September 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

We used wheat flour but I bet something like almond or coconut would work well too – will try that next time!


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