These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies are perfect for breastfeeding moms that may need a boost in supply! Easy to make and filled with ingredients that may help with lactation support. These cookies are great for all new moms, are freezer-friendly, and make a delicious addition to any meal train!

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Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Lactation Cookies

Are you breastfeeding but need a little boost in supply? Are you a new mom looking for a sweet treat to help keep your energy up during those long sleepless nights?

Then, these cookies are for you!

Chewy, slightly crispy and extremely delicious – these cookies are simply the best! This one-bowl recipe is easy to make and filled with ingredients that will support lactation for those breastfeeding mommas.

Bonus! These cookies can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, which makes them a great treat to prep before your baby comes or sent along with a meal train meal.

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Lactation Cookie Video

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make these Lactation Cookies!

Two hands holding a purple plate full of lactation cookies with one cookie broken up on the side.

Reasons to Love these Cookies

  • may help with breast milk supply
  • nut-free
  • can be made gluten-free
  • freezer-friendly
  • easy to make
  • customize with favorite add-ins
  • made in one bowl

Ingredients

Before we get to the full recipe below, here are a few notes about the ingredients that you will need to make this lactation cookie recipe:

  • Flour: for these cookies, you can use all-purpose, white whole wheat, store-bought oat flour or a gluten-free one-for-one blend.
  • Old-Fashioned Oats: sometimes called rolled oats (or old-fashioned oats) are needed. If gluten-free, make sure you use a certified gluten-free brand of oats. While oats themselves are not filled with gluten, the machines used to process the oats can have cross-contamination.
  • Butter: this recipe calls for unsalted butter at room temperature. If your butter is not at room temp, then try this warm cup hack #lifechanging
  • Sugars: you will need both regular cane sugar and light brown sugar for this recipe.
  • Brewer’s Yeast: one of the ingredients needed to make these help with lactation, ground brewer’s yeast can be bought at any health food store or online. You only need a small quantity in recipes, so a package does last a while.
  • Ground Flax Seeds: another great ingredient to add for lactation support is ground flax seeds are added in this recipe. I used ground golden flax seeds, but you can also use regular ground flax seeds as well.
  • Chocolate Chips: you can use dark or semi-sweet for this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Flaky Salt: I like to add a pinch of flaky Maldon Sea Salt to the top of my cookies to balance out the sweetness, but this is optional.

Ingredients that May Increase Milk Supply

Certain foods may help support your milk supply, though there is very limited scientific evidence to prove this due to a lack of studies, despite them being used by women for centuries to help with lactation. You may want to add these to your diet to see if they help, but in moderation. Always consult your provider with any questions.

Oats

Oats contain fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients that nursing mothers need. Beta-glucan is a special type of fiber that can increase the hormone prolactin, which allows the breasts to make milk. Oats are also high in iron, which can have a negative impact on breastfeeding if mom is not getting enough.

Ground Flax Seeds

Flax seeds contain phytoestrogens that can help increase milk production. They also contain calcium, magnesium and zinc needed for breastfeeding.

Brewer’s Yeast

Brewer’s yeast contains protein, B vitamins, iron and chromium, which are all needed to support lactation. Don’t confuse it with nutritional yeast, which is a very different product!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prep: preheat the oven and spray or line a baking sheet.
  2. Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, brewer’s yeast and ground flax seeds.
  3. Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, cream the butter. Add in the brown sugar and sugar and cream. Add in the egg and vanilla and cream until light and fluffy.
  4. Combine: Add in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined.
  5. Add Ingredients: Add in the oats and chocolate chips into the cookie dough and mix.
  6. Drop Cookie Dough: using two spoons or a cookie scoop, place a rounded tablespoon of dough onto the baking sheet.
  7. Bake: Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake. Sprinkle with flaky salt, if using, while the cookies are still hot.
  8. Cool: let cool on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack until cool.
  9. Eat and enjoy!

Helpful Tools

A purple plate full of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for lactation with a hand holding a cookie up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make these ahead of time?

Yes! You can make these ahead of time and keep them in an air-tight container on the counter for up to a week. You can also roll the cookie batter into balls and place in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Do I need to add in the brewer’s yeast?

Adding in brewer’s yeast is optional, but it is one of the ingredients that can help with lactation support. So by leaving it out, you are not getting those benefits.

Do these really increase breast milk?

They may or may not but it doesn’t hurt to try them. Women have been using some of these ingredients to help with milk supply for generations but everyone will have a different experience. Regardless, the best way to boost supply is to increase the frequency of feeding/pumping and completely emptying your breasts to signal your body to make more.

How to Store & Freeze these Lactation Cookies

Store

Once baked cool, you can store these cookies in an air-tight container on the counter for up to a week.

Freeze

These cookies are freezer-friendly. To freeze, scoop the cookie dough into balls and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet into the freezer until the dough is frozen – roughly 5 hours. Pop off the cookie dough balls and place the dough balls into a zip-lock freezer bag, stasher bag or air-tight container (or your mouth;). To bake, follow the directions as stated below for a normal cookie.

A purple plate full of lactation cookies and a hand holding one close to the camera.

Favorite Add-Ins

While I think these cookies are perfect as-is, feel free to customize these cookies for your tastes (and cravings;). You can substitute any of the ingredients below for an equal amount of chocolate chips. Here are some fun add-ins to consider:

  • chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds
  • white chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips
  • mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles
  • crushed pretzels
  • toasted shredded coconut

Recipe Tips

  • Cream Butter: make sure to properly cream your butter and sugar. This usually takes 6-8 minutes! It’s worth it though to get chewy cookies.
  • Do not overmix: be careful to only fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just incorporated so that the cookies hold their form and don’t get too crumbly.
  • Room Temperature Butter: make sure to use room temperature butter before creaming.

Or watch the shortened video here.

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Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Prep: preheat the oven to 325°. Spray or line a baking sheet.
  • Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, brewer's yeast and ground flax seeds.
    The mixing bowl with flour, baking soda, salt, ground flaxseeds and brewers yeast for cookies.
  • Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, using a standing mixer or hand-held mixer, cream the butter for 1 minute. Add in the brown sugar and sugar and cream for 1-2 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla and cream for 3-6 minutes or until light and fluffy.
    A mixing bowl with whipped butter and sugar.
  • Combine: Add in half of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix on low until just combined.
    A mixing bowl with whipped butter sugar and flour on top.
  • Add Ingredients: Add in the oats and chocolate chips into the cookie dough and mix with a large spoon or with the mixer on low.
    Lactation cookie dough ready to be scooped out her baking sheet.
  • Drop Cookie Dough: using two spoons or a cookie scoop, place a rounded tablespoon of dough onto the baking sheet.
    A used baking sheet with drops of lactation cookies on it.
  • Bake: Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges or just golden brown. Sprinkle with flaky salt, if using, while the cookies are still hot.
    I use baking sheet with cooked lactation cookies with flaky salt on top.
  • Cool: let cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack until cool.
  • Eat and enjoy!
    Purple plate full of chocolate chip oatmeal lactation cookies.

Notes

Notes on Flour: you can use all-purpose, white whole wheat, store-bought oat flour or a gluten-free one-for-one blend.

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