Best Lactation Cookie Recipe: Choc Chip Breastfeeding Biscuits

Best Lactation Cookie Recipe: Choc Chip Breastfeeding Biscuits

Posted by Corryn Barakat on Apr 20, 2022

If you've been looking for incredibly delicious lactation cookie recipes to increase milk supply that are also easy to make, then this one is for you! Whether you're making lactation cookies for yourself or someone else, this chocolate chips and oatmeal breastfeeding biscuit is highly effective at supporting milk production and sooo delicious.

I first came across this lactation cookie recipe in the ABA forum from someone recommending it for breast milk supply and have had it printed off in my recipe folder for over 10 years (wow, that’s gone fast). This was from a time when you couldn't buy  pre-made lactation cookies, or lactation cookie mixes so it got a great workout in my kitchen. I’ve personally baked these lactation cookies many times for myself and my new mum friends and they always get 5 stars because they are absolutely delicious!

They are safe for everyone in the household to eat and have some great ingredients like flaxseed, brewer's yeast, and oats to boost the nutritional content. The oats also make them quite filling to eat, so when you're hit with that ravenous hunger that happens when you're a breastfeeding mum, these are super handy to be able to take the edge off.

I have even been known to keep a couple in an airtight container on my bedside table for those midnight snacks you need when you're breastfeeding a hungry baby!!! Also, my apologies to my kids. Every single one of you has ended up with cookie crumbs in your hair from all that time you spent in the baby carrier and I snacked on these cookies. Oops! #sorrynotsorry

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Do Lactation Cookies Boost Milk Supply?

Yes! There are a few things that can really help breastfeeding mums with lactation cookies. The first is the calorie and fat boost helps to fuel your tanks with the ingredients your body needs to create rich, nutritious breast milk. It is HARD to keep up with a breastfeeding mum's appetite because she burns through so many calories every time baby breastfeeds.

Having an easy snack on hand that is full of nutritious and satisfying oats, and fats can really help keep her going. It is important to also drink lots of fluids to keep up with your baby, and if you're ever worried about your milk supply, always see a lactation consultant to check for any issues.

How Many Lactation Cookies Should I Eat?

I would recommend starting with 3 a day and then see how you go. You can increase or decrease from there depending on the impact on your breastmilk supply.

What Do These Lactation Cookies Taste Like?

I love to make these into thick cookies and cook them just enough so they're soft when I eat them. Of course, you can bake them for longer to make them more crunchy, it really depends on what you prefer. I also prefer to use dark chocolate chips. They are so good, especially when they're still gooey from the oven. If you're using steel-cut rolled oats then they feel substantial when you eat them.

Can I Substitute The Ingredients?

Feel free to substitute the base cookie ingredients like flour, eggs, sugar, and butter. You might prefer to use coconut oil instead of butter and almond flour instead of wheat flour and the recipe will still work just fine. You could also use oat flour for extra nutritional content. If you don't like brown sugar, you can absolutely substitute coconut sugar or another sugar alternative without a problem.

I do recommend that you leave the same amount of fat or butter in the recipe. When you're a breastfeeding mumma you need those calories to keep your tanks fueled up, and you'll find them more satisfying.

So let's look at the key special ingredients that make this lactation cookies recipe so good for breast milk production!

1. Brewer's Yeast: This is the magic powder that is so good for milk boosting. It is different from nutritional yeast, so make sure you get the right type. Brewer's Yeast is high in B vitamins and protein. It can provide energy and supports healthy skin, hair, and eyes. It has also been used for many many years to support milk supply! You can find brewer's yeast in your health food store, or buy Brewers Yeast online.

2. Flaxseed meal: This powder is very high in fiber and is also high in protein. Flaxseed is also rich in fat and one of the best plant-based sources of heart-healthy omega-3!

3. Rolled Oats: This power food is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals including iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, and B vitamins. They are also thought to raise your prolactin levels which is the hormone responsible for milk supply.

Can I Freeze Lactation Cookies?

If you have a fresh batch of cookie dough: you can bake half a batch and put the remainder in rounds on a baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze them. Once they're frozen, you can pop them into a container or plastic bag so they're all ready to pop into your oven when you want fresh baked delicious lactation cookies. You can make several batches for yourself and your friends and freeze them using this method so you always have some handy.

If you've already baked them: you can still freeze them, though they might end up a little dry. I recommend freezing them on the baking tray so they don't stick together. Then once they're frozen, move them into an airtight container or bag for easy storage in your freezer. The cookies will last as long as you need in the freezer and you can pop them in the microwave for a couple of seconds to warm them up when you take them out of the freezer. Add a scoop of ice cream for a decadent treat that will taste amazing!

Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed Cookie Recipe

Serves: 6 dozen cookies

Preparation time: 15 minutes


1 cup butter (you can substitute with MCT coconut oil to make it dairy-free)

1 cup brown sugar (note that the original recipe included 2 cups of sugar, but I've found 1 is sufficient)

4 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups plain flour (or gluten-free flour)

1 teaspoon bi-carb soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups rolled oats, steel-cut if you can get them (or gluten-free oats)

1 cup or more chocolate chips (or substitute for dried fruit or something else you prefer)

2 tablespoons of brewers yeast*


Preheat the oven at 170 degrees C.

Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water in a cup, and set aside for 3-5 minutes for the flaxseed to absorb the water.

Cream (beat well) melted butter and sugar in a medium bowl.

Add eggs one at a time, mix well.

Stir the flaxseed mixture and add vanilla to the butter mix. Beat until blended.

Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl, except oats and chocolate chips. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture.

Stir in oats then the choc chips.

Scoop or drop onto a baking sheet, preferably lined with baking paper. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.

Bake cookies 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies.

When they're a little golden on top take them out and allow them to cool completely.


*NOTE* Brewers Yeast is not the same as nutritional yeast or brewing yeast. It must be brewer's yeast and you can get it in powder or flake form. Click to shop Brewers Yeast

Over to you! I'd love to know how you go when you try the recipe - make sure you leave a comment with your feedback!