BellyBelly’s lactation cookies recipe is suitable for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
And oh boy, do these lactation cookies work for so many breastfeeding mothers!
“My boobs are spraying like a fire hose. I’m waking up wet in the night, in a way I haven’t since the early days. They are mental!” — Audax
“YES, they DO WORK! I’ve found them especially helpful for afternoons and evenings when my baby is cluster feeding. It feels like I’m all out of liquid gold. So, I munch a couple of bikkies and have a big drink of water. I can feel my boobies expanding with fresh milk!” — Glamourcide
Please be aware that we can’t guarantee any specific results.
Lactation cookies will have no impact for some mothers, who have underlying issues needing addressing.
Important Note Before Making Lactation Cookies
If you’re having breastmilk supply problems, please read our article about common milk supply issues.
Most breastfeeding problems are preventable and fixable, and many are caused by incorrect latch or scheduled feeding.
A small percent are due to medical conditions. An example of this is hypoplasia (insufficient glandular breast tissue), in which case getting support from an IBCLC is most important.
Please contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association for support, or hire an IBCLC to help diagnose what’s really going on.
If you’re in the US, contact La Leche League.
Most GPs are not trained in breastfeeding beyond a few hours of information. They cannot give you the same level of advice and support that well trained breastfeeding workers can.
Do not eat uncooked dough if you are pregnant.
There is a risk of bacterial infection from eating raw egg.
Lactation Cookies Recipe
Prep time: Approximately 15 minutes
Oven temp: Preheat to 170C or 338F
Makes: Approximately 14-16 cookies, using a dessert spoon per cookie (double the recipe for more)
When making these lactation cookies, please try to source organic, local ingredients wherever possible.
I’ve tried to use healthy alternatives where I can.
However, lactation cookies need to be sweet enough to hide the very bitter taste of one of the most powerful ingredients.
If you’re already breastfeeding, try eating the dough as well as the cookies. It seems to be even more effective at increasing supply.
Lactation Cookies Ingredients
- 1 cup self raising wholemeal flour (if you have plain flour, add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)
- 1/2 cup butter (you can use organic virgin coconut oil instead if you prefer)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (if you want to reduce sugar, you could try just 1/2 cup)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1 egg
- 2-3 tablespoons of water (depends on how moist you prefer the cookies to be)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional, for flavour)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, for flavour)
- 1-2 tablespoons of brewers yeast – do not substitute with bakers yeast or any other yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 & 1/2 cups oats – organic, steel cut oats are best for you, but rolled oats are fine
- OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup of your favourite biscuit ingredients (see suggested list below)
Lactation Cookies Recipe – Method
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flaxseed and water, let them sit for a few minutes before adding to mix.
- Add the dry ingredients (apart from the oats and your additional ingredients) and mix well again.
- Stir in the oats and your additional ingredients.
- Using a dessert spoon, scoop the mixture into your hand and roll it into a ball.
- Place the biscuits onto a lightly greased or lined baking tray. Flatten them a little with your fingers or a spatula. If you like a soft centre, don’t squash them down too much.
Bake the lactation cookies for around 10-12 minutes, depending on how well cooked or crunchy you like your biscuits.
“I know they worked for me, because I squirted after eating them for a bit. I hadn’t done that for months!” — PumpkinZulu
Below is a popular brand of brewer’s yeast – one of the most important ingredients in lactation cookies. You can add some to smoothies or other foods and drinks for the same effect! Click to find out more.
How Do Lactation Cookies Work?
There are specific ingredients in lactation cookies which are said to make them work.
Galactagogues (foods that promote breastmilk production or flow) includes brewer’s yeast, as well as flaxseed and oats.
This is why you must not leave out or substitute the brewers yeast when making lactation cookies.
Nutritional yeast and bakers yeast are different, and will not have the same effect.
Can Anyone Eat Lactation Cookies?
Yes! Lactation cookies are also perfectly safe for children, family and friends too.
Don’t worry, it won’t make them spontaneously lactate – that requires developed milk ducts!
Boosting Your Lactation Cookies For Better Results
If you don’t notice an increased milk supply with this lactation cookies recipe, add more brewers yeast.
If you like, add more flaxseed meal too.
Don’t forget to increase the amount of water when you add more dry ingredients.
Add a tablespoon of water for each tablespoon of flaxseed meal.
If the lactation cookies aren’t working, please get some reliable help from an IBCLC or a breastfeeding support organisation.
“I’ve only used them for about 24 hours and the milk is flowing! So happy and excited that they’re working so well!” — Rika-Marie
Lactation Cookies – Ingredient and Variation Ideas
There are so many delicious ingredients you can add to your lactation cookies to flavour them up!
You might like to add coconut, banana, grated apple, chic chips, sultanas, almonds, chopped prunes or dates… the list is endless.
Our members have made variations of the lactation cookies recipe by using these delicious combinations:
- Coconut and banana
- Choc chip and cranberry
- White choc chips and macadamias
- Dried apricot and white chocolate
- Apple cinnamon: 1 teaspoon of cinnamon instead of vanilla, 1/2 cup chopped dried apple and 1/2 cup sultanas. BellyBelly member, Audax, also added 2 tablespoons of stewed apple and found the cookies turned out lovely and moist.
- For a healthier, lower carb and more fibre rich flour, use 50% or 100% coconut flour. You might need to add an extra egg. If you only have regular white flour to make lactation cookies, that’s fine, but remember it’s the most unhealthy flour.
“I was eating 1-2 each feed, and only just cooked them so they were still quite soft. I noticed a huge difference when I ate them, and I soaked through everything. When my son was feeding, I’d hold a cup under my other breast, and collect about 40mls just from leakage!” — Ryatha
Lactation Cookies – Where to Get Brewers Yeast
You can get brewers yeast from most health food stores. If you prefer quick and easy, you can order it online from a store like Amazon.
“I made a particularly potent batch this week. So much so, my friends having been calling me ‘Wet Patches!’ I haven’t needed to use breast pads for a couple of months. I doubled the flaxseed meal, added cocoa and hazelnut meal – they taste like Nutella.” — Audax
Lactation Cookies Recipe – Where to Get Flaxseed Meal
Flaxseed meal has been included as an ingredient in the lactation cookies recipe because it’s high in omega-3 and dietary fibre.
It contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium.
You should be able to find flaxseed meal in the health food isle of your supermarket, if not your health food store.
You can also get flaxseed meal on Amazon.
“I love these things!! Made a heap yesterday, and ate some dough as well, oh yum! First time in a week I’ve been full, and bubs got boobie drunk!” — Sarah
Will I Get Results Eating Lactation Cookies?
As far as I’m aware, there’s no official research into lactation cookies.
However, a BellyBelly fan, Pholi took it upon herself to run a little test.
Here are her results:
“Started eating cooked lactation cookies at a rate of approximately 2 per feed. Average 24 hour yield over 5 days was: Before: 372ml. After: 412ml.
Increase of 40ml, or 11%.
Stopped eating cookies for 2 days. Average 24 hour yield: 397ml.
Decrease of 4%.
Started eating raw lactation cookie dough. Which, according to collective BellyBelly community wisdom, is supposed to be even more effective than cooked dough. Ate the equivalent of 2 per feed. Average 24 hour yield over 4 days: 449ml.
Increase (from cooked dough average) of 37ml, or 8%.
Increase (from no dough in the previous 2 days) of 52ml, or 13%.
Increase (from before eating any cookies or dough) of 77ml, or 20%.
Conclusion: When I ate the cookies, raw or cooked, it made a positive, measurable difference to my supply. But the raw dough made a bigger difference. I was certainly not leaking or spraying, or even feeling any fuller. I think that the fact that the numbers dropped when I stopped for 2 days strengthens the results.”
What Else Besides Lactation Cookies Will Help With My Supply?
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast – here are 13 great ideas
- Keep up your water intake. Have a glass of water next to you every time you breastfeed. Throughout the day, try to sip water every 15 minutes. Drinking water helps boost energy and concentration levels, which dehydration robs from you. An electrolyte is ideal (such as Endura from Metagenics). Avoid sugary sports drinks from the grocery store.
- Drinking fennel tea can also help increase supply
- Avoid dummies (pacifiers), formula or nipple shields unless advised by a lactation consultant. They decrease direct nipple stimulation, which means less milk production
- Offer the breast more frequently. Demand equals supply as far as breastmilk goes. When your baby is sucking at the breast it sends your body signals to make more milk
- Fenugreek can also increase supply. If you have a colicky or windy baby, fenugreek can irritate your baby – try other methods first. It’s also very bitter
- Baby doesn’t seem well? If your baby is losing weight or doesn’t have plenty of wet nappies, please seek help without delay.
“I made a batch yesterday morning. I’ve had to get up this early to express, as I woke up feeling very full and leaky and uncomfortable!! So they have definitely made a difference!” — eza