9 Lactation Cookie Recipes Approved by a Postpartum Nurse

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If you are searching for lactation cookie recipes, it’s likely because you are concerned about your milk supply. As a mother, who breastfed my daughter for two years, I understand your worry completely.

It is so difficult to feel confident with your milk supply when you don’t have the visual satisfaction of a measured bottle. Additionally, many women are not able to fully respond to a breast pump. They can express a good amount of milk, but there will always be some precious ounces left behind for a variety of reasons.

Some women, even though their supplies are adequate, do not respond to a breast pump at all anymore. This happened to me at 6 months postpartum, even though I was able to breastfeed my daughter until she was a toddler. I wish I had investigated further because this article here has great tips if this happens to you.

Getting your pumping back on track combined with regularly consuming galactagogues and lactation cookies should get you back on track with building your milk stash.


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Galactagogues

What are galactagogues?

Galactagogues are a substance that is found in certain foods and herbs. Fenugreek, brewers yeast, flaxseed and oatmeal are the most well-known sources of galactagogues.

Can Galactagogues give me an over-supply?

When I had my daughter, I ended up giving myself an oversupply by accident. I consumed a diet high in these galactagogues, but I also pumped after feedings. I ended up not only being able to feed my daughter, but I donated hundreds of ounces of breastmilk to infants in my area.

While I do believe the galactagogues gave me an edge, it was likely the fact I was breastfeeding and pumping around the clock that I developed an over-supply.

Now I don’t recommend trying to give yourself an oversupply of breastmilk. It is not comfortable and puts you at higher risk for mastitis. However, I do believe that consuming galactagogues as part of a healthy diet can give your supply a boost.

While there is no direct medical evidence to prove galactagogues work, anecdotal swear-by stories are abundant out there. They are also endorsed by many lactation specialists out there.

I believe they made a difference for me, and when my patients ask about them, I express they have nothing to lose by trying them. They are healthy foods either way, and your baby and your body need you to consume a healthy diet more than ever right now.

Galactagogue foods and herbs list:

  • Alfalfa
  • Almonds
  • Barley
  • Brewers yeast
  • Brown Rice
  • Dandelion
  • Dark beers
  • Fennel Seed
  • Fenugreek
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Goats Rue
  • Green leafy vegetables (kale, bok choy, spinach)
  • Hoppy beers
  • Legumes
  • Marshmallow root
  • Oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut is best)
  • Yams

Now that we have a list of some of the most well-known, and easy to get, galactagogues, let’s list the best lactation cookie recipes on the internet right now.

1. No-Bake Lactation Bites by The Bakermama

These cookies by the Bakermama check off the following of our galactagogue list. Oats, flaxseeds, brewers yeast, and almond butter. They are sweetened with honey, and flavored with vanilla, and come on, you have to have the chocolate chips. What I love about this recipe is that it is easy to make, there is no baking involved, and they are just ready to go when you need a quick snack. No matter what, these are a great energy bite to keep your calories up, which you need while breastfeeding.

Full recipe here.

2. The Best Lactation Cookies by Say Grace

These cookies are an excellent choice for a more substantial, meal replacement cookie. Think Lenny and Larrys protein cookies, but for breastfeeding. This recipe checks the following off of our list: Brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, and old-fashioned oatmeal.

This recipe also includes walnuts, which are also believed to be lactogenic. However, almonds are known to be the best nut for increasing milk supply. Again, these cookies are high in calories which is important while breastfeeding. You will need to increase your calories by 400-500 per day. These lactation cookies are an easy way to do that.

Full recipe here.

3. Monster Oatmeal Lactation Cookie Bar Recipe by Exclusive Pumping

This is a really fun lactation cookie recipe, and one that the whole family can enjoy around Halloween or birthdays. I really like that it was her goal to add as many galactagogues as possible without affecting the taste or consistency. In this recipe, she has oats, brewers yeast, and flaxseed. The oats outweigh the flour in this recipe, so these are galactagogue-heavy. This one is another winner for being adequate in calories as well.

Read the full recipe here.

4. Healthy Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies Recipe by Birth Eat Love

These are a great choice for the breastfeeding mama who is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-sensitive. This recipe contains oatmeal, flaxseed, and shredded coconut, which this mama states is also a lactogenic food. She also added walnuts to boost the omega 3’s in this recipe. This is a great option for the health-conscious mama.

Some of us, for multiple reasons, have to watch our sugar, but we should still be able to enjoy lactation cookies. This is a great choice if that is you.

Full recipe here.

5. Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies by Milk Dust

Now this is a really great recipe I found. This company makes a lactogenic protein powder and creates lactation cookie recipes with it. This makes it so easy for the mom who is trying to increase her milk supply. This recipe uses almond flour as its galactagogue and the protein powder that boasts the following: “Milk Dust provides a proprietary blend of lactation-boosting herbs, which are proven to increase milk supply.”

Intriguing to say the least. And of course, there is peanut butter in this recipe. Adds to the flavor and the calories. If I were breastfeeding, I would be sold on this one personally. This seems great for working moms.

Full recipe here.

6. Easy No Bake Lactation Cookies by Loving Living Lancaster

This lactation cookie recipe is HARD CORE. It is NOT light on the galactagogue ingredients. For example, she uses 5 cups of oats, 1 cup of flaxseed, and 6 tbsp of brewers yeast. Additionally, there is a whole cup of peanut butter in here to add to the calories you need while breastfeeding. They seriously sound delicious.

Chocolate peanut butter and no baking? Sign me up.

Read the full recipe here.

7. Dairy-Free Lactation Cookies by Rae Gun Ramblings

Here is another great one to add to our lactation cookie recipes list for any dairy-free mamas reading this. She uses Earth Balance in this recipe instead of butter. If dairy-free is not important to you she also gives a measurement for real butter.

This recipe includes the popular choices of oatmeal, flaxseed, and brewers yeast to increase milk supply. She says these are her favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. So even though I am no longer breastfeeding, I am going to make these just for fun because they sound delicious.

Read the full recipe here.

8. The Best Lactation Cookie Recipe (Gluten Free) by The Place Called OM

This lactation cookie recipe is written by two doctors of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. These cookies are gluten-free, and in addition to the popular galactagogues, they add goji berries which I thought was interesting. They state that the goji berries, “in Traditional Chinese Medicine help to nourish the blood which is important for the mother’s health and breast milk supply.”

I like how purposeful they are about this recipe and how they educate on the different ingredients. They also have a touching story about how their baby was in the NICU so she needed all the help she could get.

Read the full recipe here.

9. Butterscotch Lactation Cookies by Two Pink Peonies

These lactation cookies are a great recipe if you are getting tired of the chocolate chip and peanut butter recipes. This recipe contains the classic oats, brewers yeast, and flaxseed as well. What I love about lactation cookies is you really shouldn’t feel guilty eating them and experimenting with these different types of recipes.

They serve a purpose. So enjoy.

Read the full recipe here.


What is lactation cookie mix?

If you are not interested in baking your own lactation cookies, you can buy a pre-made baking mix that is full of the classic galactagogue or lactogenic ingredients. A few popular choices are the following and are available on Amazon:

Lactation Cookies Mix – Oatmeal Breastfeeding Cookie Supplement Support for Breast Milk Supply Increase with Flax Seed and Brewers Yeast. This mix contains the classic brewers yeast, flaxseed, and oatmeal as well as is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals to support breastfeeding mothers.

Munchkin® Milkmakers® Lactation Cookie Bites – These cookies also contain oats, flaxseeds and brewers yeast. What’s nice is there is no baking involved at all. These also come lactation consultant recommended. They are ready to go to bring with you anywhere on your busy days. If you are a working mama these are a great quick snack.


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Lactation Cookie Recipes Conclusion by a Postpartum Nurse

So do lactation cookie recipes work? Again, many women swear by them. There is no scientific paper to pull from but there are plenty of stories by women who say they help them. No matter what, there is no harm in trying them.

Women have been consuming specific foods to aid in lactation for centuries. So go ahead and experiment with some of these and test them yourself. Write down your pre-lactation cookie ounces, and after a few days to a week, write down your post-lactation cookie ounces. It will be the best way to gauge if these are working.

If you are not seeing a difference, try drinking fenugreek tea, and marshmallow root tea. Additionally, there are also prescription medications clinically proven to increase milk supply so you can always talk to your doctor.

These recipes include the most easy to find galactagogues, and there are choices for every diet preference.

We hope you enjoyed this list and please leave a comment below about which ones you have chosen to try and did they help you.

Jackie Jimenez BSN, RN
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