The Best Lactation Cookies for New Moms!

They taste so amazing that even dad will sneak one!
Michael Michael (175)
30 minutes

As a new father, I looked to find ways to help my wife during this stressful and sleepless time. Support can come in many ways. And finding little ways to treat a new mom is certainly one of them. And finding a treat that also can help with their new job breastfeeding is a bonus.

I put together a lactation cookie recipe that balances the important ingredients supposed to aid in lactation with ingredients that make a downright delicious lactation cookie.

That's where these delicious lactation cookies come in! I scoured the internet and tried numerous recipes, most of which were either too dry or too sweet. And some were just plain cookies (without the lactation benefits). After much trial and error, I put together a lactation cookie recipe that balances the important ingredients supposed to aid in lactation with ingredients that make a downright delicious lactation cookie.

The recipe makes about 40 small lactation cookies. I would recommend freezing half of the cookies and thawing them out later on. This way, you'll have plenty of lactation cookies at the ready when you or your new mom needs them. I use all organic ingredients in my recipe, but people feel differently about the importance of using organic ingredients. That one's up to you!

What is a lactation cookie?

Lactation cookies contain special ingredients that are meant to aid in the production of breastmilk for new moms. Most resemble an oatmeal cookie due to the large quantity of oats in the cookies.

Beneficial lactation cookie ingredients

  • Rolled Oats
  • Brewer's Yeast
  • Flaxseed

Do lactation cookies work?

There's actually almost no scientific research on whether lactation cookies actually aid in breastmilk production for new moms. There have been studies regarding each of the three ingredients listed above, however—so combining them in one easy-to-eat lactation cookie is likely a helpful thing.

And even if they don't work, lactation cookies make the new mom in the family feel good, which definitely supports her a lot!

Kitchen tools
1 eaMixing bowlsMixing bowls
1 eaPastry blenderPastry blender
1 eaStirring SpoonStirring Spoon
1 eaWhiskWhisk
3 cupsOld-fashioned Rolled OatsOld-fashioned Rolled Oats
1 1/2 cupsUnbleached All-purpose FlourUnbleached All-purpose Flour
4 tbsp.Brewer's YeastBrewer's Yeast
4 tbsp.Ground FlaxseedGround Flaxseed
1/2 tsp.Baking PowderBaking Powder
1/2 tsp.Baking SodaBaking Soda
1/2 tsp.Ground CinnamonGround Cinnamon
1 pinchSalt
12 tbsp.Unsalted ButterUnsalted Butter
4 tbsp.Unrefined Virgin Coconut OilUnrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
1 1/2 cupsCane SugarCane Sugar
1 largeEgg
1 eaEgg Yolk
2 tsp.Vanilla extract
1/2 cupChopped WalnutsChopped Walnuts

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Lactation cookie ingredients

Lactation cookies require quite a few ingredients to make both effective and delicious. Begin by getting everything you need ready.

Preheat oven to 350

Get that oven ready for your cookies!

Using a large bowl, whisk together the:

  • rolled oats
  • flour
  • brewer's yeast
  • flaxseed
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • salt

Just whisk until combined.

Using either an electric mixer or a large bowl and mixing-spoon:

  1. Beat the coconut oil and butter on medium speed until it gets nice and creamy. If you're using your hand, tip the bowl and swirl the spoon quickly to fold air into the mixture.
  2. Pour in your sugar.
  3. Beat the mixture again for about 5 minutes until it gets fluffy. Again, if you're doing this by hand, you'll need to swirl air into the mixture quickly. Your arm will be tired!
  4. Add the large egg.
  5. Add the egg yolk. To get just the yolk, break the egg in half and pour the egg yolk back and forth until the egg whites drain out of the shell.
  6. Add the vanilla.
  7. Beat again for about 2 minutes until everything is combined.
  8. Slowly add the dry ingredients you mixed earlier, a little at a time, while beating the mixture lightly (or at a low-speed). Again, if you're doing this by hand, then it will be a bit tiring. What I found helps is to use a large metal tablespoon to break up the dough as I mix.
  9. Mix in your chopped walnuts.
lactation cookie dough scoops

Using a teaspoon:

  • Scoop out small portions of the dough.
  • Shape into round balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  • Place on a lightly greased baking tray about 2-3 inches apart.

Try to keep the balls even; otherwise, your cookies will cook unevenly.

Bake until the bottoms of the cookies turn your desired shade of golden brown.

Finished lactation cookies on wooden table

Allow the cookies to cool entirely before storing them to prevent moisture from evaporating in your storage containers.

And enjoy! (I know we did!)

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Tayler Tayler (75)
15 minutes

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