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Lactation Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Lactation Cookies

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"These cookies are great for breastfeeding mothers! They are moist and super yummy and they help boost and/or maintain milk supply. And yes, husbands can eat them too! I have to hide these from my hubby when I make them! The brewers' yeast, wheat germ, flax seed, and whole oats are why these cookies help with milk supply for lactating mothers. Don't skip those ingredients!"

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Original recipe makes 36 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix flaxseed with water in small bowl and let soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract; beat to incorporate. Stir flax seed mixture into the butter mixture.
  4. Mix flour, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture and stir until just combined. Fold oats and chocolate chips into the dough.
  5. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 04, 2014

Ok so I cheated and took a short cut which I allowed myself since I delivered a week ago but wanted something to amp up my milk supply. I bought 2 packs of Pillsbury Simply Oatmeal Brown sugar cookies and added above amounts of flaxseed, wheat germ, and Solgar brewer's yeast. I let cookie dough soften and just mixed other ingredients in with a fork. Turned out delicious! Ate 3 cookies and followed with a half liter of water and I was engorged a few hours later. This recipe is a keeper! I thought I would post my shortcut for anyone who is in my same position though it does not wholly speak to the from scratch recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 15, 2013

These were okay. The first bite was good, but the aftertaste was kind of bitter. It may be because I know what brewer's yeast taste like on it's own (gross) but I think I'll have to jazz these up quite a bit in order to like them. My husband thought they were pretty good though (although he noticed the aftertaste too.)

Feb 17, 2014

I usually follow a recipe per the recipe whenever it's my first time making it, this recipe being no exception, and really enjoyed the cookies. The second time I made some modifications that made it a bit healthier, but not necessarily less calories. Doubled the wheat germ Used half coconut oil, half butter Added 1 tsp cinnamon Added 1/2 cup coconut flakes (no sugar) Exchanged 3/4 cup sugar for apple sauce The final product: a much softer (10min bake time), less sugar, but still sweet cookie. Also to note, I used beet brewer's yeast, which did not make the cookies bitter. We love this recipe more now! I can also see adding or exchanging the chocolate for walnuts... Yum!

Jul 26, 2013

These cookies are amazing as far as cookies are concerned! Then add the fact that they help me feed my baby! I couldn't ask for more. I've made it exactly as the recipe says and I liked them a lot. The next time I used coconut oil instead of butter (1:1), accidentally confused the sugar measurements, and used craisins instead. The coconut oil seems to keep the cookies moist longer and the taste doesn't seem to be affected. It seems to be a recipe that is easy to play with, which I love! :)

Aug 22, 2013

Really good. I used high quality de-bittered brewer's yeast and followed the recipe as listed, but added a few more chocolate chips (the bag was just over 1 cup of chips). The cookies tasted like non-healthy cookies and it will be hard to limit myself to just 1 or 2 a day! edit-This time I added 1 tsp Cinnamon and that really kicked up the flavor. Yum.

Apr 25, 2013

Made these and they are seriously very very good. I made them for lactation assistance and thought to hide them but my husband found them and ate most of them. They are now my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe in general (and I have quite a few around). Left out the wheat germ and brewers yeast because I didn't have time to go find some and the grocer didn't have any. Did not have to modify the recipe to accommodate for this.

Mar 28, 2014

Made these for my wife today, she said they were surprisingly yummy! I did substitute the cream of tartar for baking powder and they turned out just fine. We will see if they help her supply.

Dec 13, 2013

I followed it almost exactly as listed above. The only difference is that I added cinnamon. They came out delicious!! My husband eats as many of them as me! I should also add that I have seen a boost in my milk supply eating 3-4 a day.


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  • Calories
  • 158 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 7.5 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 107 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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