Can there be a more delicious way to increase your milk supply than with lactation cookies? Probably not!
But do lactation cookies actually work in improving your milk supply?
“Absolutely, when used in conjunction with other methods, such as hydrating and ensuring you’re eating enough,” says Stephanie Middleberg, RD, of Middleberg Nutrition.
You’re in for a treat. This post has several lactation cookie recipes to try.
What Makes Lactation Cookies Work?
Lactation cookies typically have 3 milk-boosting ingredients to make them effective in improving your milk supply. (These ingredients are known as galactagogues, which are foods, herbs or medication that increase your milk supply.)
- Oats: It’s a healthy choice because it’s high in iron, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. In fact, it has long been used by dairy farmers to boost milk production in lactating cows. The high iron is great because many new moms are iron deficient. Oats also contain a high concentration of saponins, which is an immune-stimulating compound that may help increase your levels of prolactin. Prolactin is a key hormone for milk production.
- Flaxseed: It is a healthy fat that contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Therefore, it is good for you but it will also give your breast milk a nutritional boost. “While omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are necessary for everyone, these concentrations in a mother’s milk are essential for a baby’s developing immune system,” says Middleberg. “They are also thought to help prevent allergies.”
- Brewer’s Yeast: It’s a great source of B vitamins, necessary for a woman to produce milk. Strictly speaking, there is no conclusive evidence that brewer’s yeast increases milk supply, but you cannot find a lactation cookie recipe without it! Brewer’s yeast also has trace minerals chromium and selenium.
Tasty Lactation Cookies
No Bake Lactation Cookies
Who doesn’t want easy, no-bake cookies! In addition to the milk-boosting ingredients, this recipe also has chopped walnuts, which is great because nuts are considered to be galactagogues (foods that increase milk supply.)
Chocolate Almond No-Bake Lactation Cookie Recipe
This is an easy, no-bake milk boosting cookie recipe that includes three of the core ingredients that stimulate milk production: flaxseed, oats and brewer’s yeast.
Oatmeal Cookies To Increase Milk Supply
These are delicious without raisins but if you want a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie, feel free to add them.
Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookie Recipe
Chocolate chip cookies are delicious in general, but this recipe has those milk boosting ingredients to improve your milk supply. Instead of regular oats, it uses steel-cut oats. (See below for a chocolate chip cookies using regular oats.)
Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Breastfeeding Cookies
With this cookie recipe, you also have the option of adding raisins, hemp seeds, and other yummy treats.
Carrot Cake Lactation Cookies
Delicious! It has your typical carrot cake ingredients like carrots and pecans.
Vegan & Gluten-Free Lactation Bars
This recipe has almond butter, so it’s high in protein too. Also, if you love this recipe but no longer nursing, you can simply leave out the brewer’s yeast.
Blueberry & Banana Breakfast Cookies
This recipe has a third of a cup of flaxseed, which is why it is considered to be a milk-boosting cookie. Make these after you stopped nursing too! They’re fairly healthy as well with only 2 tbs of brown sugar and 3 ounces of dark chocolate.
Vegan & Dairy-Free Lactation Cookies
Lactose intolerant? This is a good one. It also has 1/3 cup of shredded coconut and coconut sugar.
Milk-Boosting Black Sesame Cookies
This is a milk-boosting cookie because it contains oat flour and sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are known to aid lactation.
This recipe is Asian inspired.
Dark Chocolate Coconut Lactation Cookies
This cookie is quite decadent with 2 sticks of butter, 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of chocolate!
Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookies
If you are into pumpkin bakes, you will enjoy this. It is made with a can of pureed pumpkin.
Gluten & Dairy Free No Bake Lactation Cookies
Nothing is easier than a no-bake cookie that increases our milk supply. This is a healthy recipe. It has crunchy peanut butter and rice protein powder. If you are worried about too much sugar, this one only has a cup of dark chocolate and 1/2 cup of honey – no additional sugars added.
Dark Chocolate Apricot Lactation Cookies
Apricots are considered to be a superfood for nursing moms because it is high in iron, calcium, folic acid, and magnesium. It also helps to boost your energy and reduces fatigue.
Maple Pecan Lactation Cookies
The sugar content is low and healthy too with only 1 tbs of maple syrup and 1/2 cup of coconut sugar.
AND it contains hemp hearts! Hemp hearts/seed has omega fats, which is important for breastfeeding moms.
Gluten-Free & Vegan Lactation Cookies
These cookies are made in a muffin tin. They are free of dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, and gluten.
No-Bake Chocolate Cashew Lactation Cookies
This is another healthy cookie recipe to improve your milk supply. It’s easy too with only 7-ingredients. And it’s no-bake!
Gluten-Free Lactation Cookies
This gluten-free breastfeeding cookie can be made with chocolate chips or raisins.
Fennel-Scented Fig and Apricot Cookies
If you’re looking for something delicious and healthy, try this breastfeeding cookie. Figs and dried apricots are rich in calcium, fiber and Vitamin C. Fennel is also considered a lactation boosting ingredient.
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies
Cranberry and white chocolate chips are decadent. With the oatmeal, they make a great combination in this lactation cookie.
Note From The Author
As mentioned above, the three main ingredients for promoting lactation are oatmeal, brewer’s yeast, and flaxseed. If you can create recipes that have those ingredients, you’re staying hydrated and you make sure you have enough to eat, you’re doing good.
As a mom of 5, I fully understand that making your own lactation cookies is a luxury. Very few of us will have the time to actually bake, no matter how delicious the cookies are. If this is you, do keep in mind that you can buy lactation cookies too.