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Oatmeal Lactation Cookies Recipe

If you’re looking to increase your milk supply, this Oatmeal Lactation Cookies Recipe is the best! If you’re looking for a quick way to increase your milk supply, then these lactation cookies can help!

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Lactation Cookies

Oatmeal Lactation Cookie Recipe

This recipe is for nursing moms (we like to feature some things for parents here too!). You might be wondering….do they actually work?

Yes! They can help boost your milk supply. Many moms find they will get an immediate boost in my milk supply from making these. And to boot – these are healthy and taste yummy!

Do Lactation Cookies Work? 

Lactation cookies are a great way to help increase your milk supply! The key ingredient is the brewer’s yeast. You cannot substitute this for any other kind of yeast. We had a hard time finding this at the grocery store and finally lucked out and found it at the Bulk Barn. Make sure the label says Brewer’s Yeast. When we asked a few store clerks they pointed me to other yeast which is not the same. The flax and oats are also great supply boosters too which is why they are included in the recipe.

Can Anyone Eat Lactation Cookies? 

You might also be wondering, can anyone eat lactation cookies? Yes!  All of these ingredients are safe for anyone to eat and you don’t need to worry about your husband starting to lactate if he steals a few. You can even eat these lactation cookies when you’re pregnant, however since you are already starting to lactate when pregnant we would not recommend it.

What Makes These Healthy Lactation Cookies? 

These oatmeal raisin lactation cookies recipe are loaded with healthy ingredients. We added whole flaxseed for additional health and milk-producing benefits. And of course we have coconut oil in replace of butter to get the benefits of coconut oil. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can still make them with butter.

Lactation Cookies Recipe

How many Lactation Cookies Should I Eat?

This is really going to depend on your body and your own personal milk supply. Typically eating 2-3 a day should be enough to notice a boost in your milk supply. But if you’re really trying to boost your supply (due to low milk supply) lactation cookies alone may not be the only answer.

How Long Does It Take For Lactation Cookies To Work?

It can depend on the individual, but typically you should see results within 1-2 days. Moms will typically notice an immediate boost in my supply. So hang in there, you should be producing more in no time!

Can You Make A Lactation Cookies Recipe Without Brewers Yeast? 

You might be wondering also if you can make this lactation cookies recipe without brewers yeast. You can, but you won’t see the same effects in your milk supply boost as you would if you included the brewer’s yeast.

If you’re looking for a brewers yeast substitute for baking these cookies, it’s important you do not substitute the brewers yeast for other yeast as you will not see the same results (and they may not taste good).

This lactation cookie recipe also includes flax and oats which will also help with your supply so even just having those ingredients will help, but we highly recommend not skipping on the brewer’s yeast. We have yet to come across a lactation cookies recipe without brewers yeast that works as effectively, so we recommend sticking with what works!

Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Here is the recipe for these delicious and easy oatmeal lactation cookies!

Lactation Cookies
5 from 26 votes

Oatmeal Lactation Cookies Recipe

An easy to make oatmeal lactation cookie recipe. 
Prep Time20 minutes
Active Time12 minutes
Total Time32 minutes



  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milled flaxseed
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp whole flaxseed optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a mixing bowl, mix the coconut oil and sugar until soft. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.
  • Combine the milled flaxseed and water in a separate bowl and then add to the mixing bowl.
  • Add the flour, brewer’s yeast, cinnamon and salt to the mixing bowl and mix again.
  • By hand, mix in the oats, raisins and whole flaxseed.
  • Scoop out the batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Flatten the cookies slightly. Recipe will make 12 cookies.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 252kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 110mg, Potassium: 192mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 20IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1.4mg


The whole flaxseed is optional. You can substitute the whole wheat flour for regular white flour. You can also substitute the coconut oil for butter. 

Hope you enjoy these easy oatmeal lactation cookies as much as we do! Happy Baking!

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89 comments on “Oatmeal Lactation Cookies Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Made these today and used Bob Red Mill’s GF oat flour, date sugar + maple syrup, granola (Nana’s Joe Sunset blend) instead of oats and they turned out delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Sooooo delicious! I have to try to keep my 3 and 6 year old away from mommy’s cookies 🙂 Definitely noticing big increase in my milk supply and I only used half the brewers yeast. I woke up the other night and pumped 5oz from one breast, usually I only pump 2-3 oz per breast.

  3. Just made this. Tasted great! Substituted butter for coconut oil and raisins for cranberries and dark choc chips. Thanks for posting.

    Just wondering how long can this keep? 

  4. Blackmagic

    5 stars
    Taste absolutely amazing, great texture and the best recipe I’ve found so far. I love that these contain coconut oil, brown sugar and whole wheat flour and just one egg. These are simple, healthier and easier to make and don’t contain unnecessary ingredients. Thanks for posting!!!

  5. David Decker

    My wife made these while she was nursing, everyone loved them so much we make them regularly.  These are great to throw in the pack for a pick me ups on the trail., 

  6. Katie Iampietro

    Can these be frozen? I would like to make them towards the end of my pregnancy so that I have them all ready.

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      Yes I believe you should be able to freeze them no problem like regular cookies!

  7. Stephanie Johnson

    I substituted the raisins for chocolate chips, coconut oil with butter, added 1/4 tsp of baking soda, and increased the brewers yeast to 6 tbs this time making them and they are delicious! I’ll be eating these just to eat them! Next time I’m going to increase the baking soda to 1/2 tsp. I’m going to have to watch myself since they’re probably well over 350 calories a piece ??

    1. Just made them following the original recipe and they are ok but I definitely think they could benefit from the baking soda. I’m glad you’ve done the expieramenting for me. I will try again adding a 1/2 tsp and see what happens. 

  8. I only have brewer’s yeast tablets (from the drugstore), can I ground and use that instead?

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      I wouldn’t – I’m not sure how the quantity compares to what we used in our recipe. You can get brewer’s yeast at most bulk stores or on Amazon.

  9. 5 stars
    Substituted the flour for rice flour. Also added a touch more brewers yeast and 2 Tbsp almond meal. Topped with chocolate icing and coconut n now I wanna eat em all.

    1. 5 stars
      These are great. Made them for my wife. Only sub was for unbleached white flour. We thought they wouldn’t taste good but they’re fine.

  10. 5 stars
    I just made these after searching for a recipe that was loaded with sugar. I plan to eat them as my middle of the night snack so I wanted something more like a breakfast cookie. Since I was almost out of brown sugar I substituted applesauce for half the sugar. They turned out great! I plan to try other dried fruits next time. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      Great base recipe where you can customize the fillings. I did add 1/2 tsp of baking soda and used chopped pitted dates instead of raisins. I think I would have preferred raisins but wanted to use up some of the dates I had. I did up the brewer’s yeast to 3 tbsp. I think chocolate or raisins would have upped the sweetness to mask the extra yeast but I still like how these taste as a healthier middle of the night feeding snack. As I made them, they aren’t bitter per se but don’t taste like a dessert.

    2. 5 stars
      Nicest recipe I’ve tried for lactation cookies. I added some desiccated coconut as I love it and swapped raisins for chocolate as I’m not a fan of dried fruit. In the other recipes I’ve tried you can taste the yeast too much and its really unpleasant. These could possibly take a little more yeast to boost the milk-producing power.

  11. 5 stars
    I just made these for the first time and they’re tasty! Hoping they help my supply. Personally I think half the sugar is plenty. I didn’t have flax seed so I went without. And I upped the Brewers yeast to 3 TBS and plan to do more next time. Thank you for this recipe! 

    1. I followed what this commenter did and don’t recommend it. I usually reduce sugar in cookie recipes, especially since there is a good amount in these, but doing so while also upping the yeast resulted in a cookie that tasted straight up like the way the yeast smelled. Very bitter and not sweet at all. I did not add raisins because I don’t care for them, but did add in chocolate chips. I will stick to the original recipe next time (minus raisins) because I’m sure they’re great as-is. 

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      You can still make them without the flaxseed. And just put a little whole flaxseed in if you’d like.

  12. 5 stars
    I made these tonight, they are yummy, hoping it will increase my milk supply as I need to provide enough milk for my twins who were born at 32wks on Xmas day ?

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      Hi Peta – we haven’t tested that but if it’s a flour meant to be a substitute 1:1 for regular flour I think it would be fine.

  13. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, these were delicious. I won’t have to look for another lactation cookie recipe because these are a keeper!! Thank you!

    1. Rebecca Fox

      5 stars
      I didn’t see the importance of the brewers yeast until our cookies were done. So I used half of the regular yeast. Substituted with almond flour and chocolte chips instead of raisins and they were gone the second they cooled. Next time I’ll use brewers yeast but keep it flourless and with chips. So delicious! Thank you

  14. 5 stars
    I made these after making a different recipe and I love these ones! Much more yummier and easier to make but I uped the brewers yeast to 6 tbsp and the flaxseed meal to 4 tbsp and it was perfect no difference in taste! Super yummy and definitely will be making more of these! Thank you!! ☺️

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      Hi Katrina we haven’t tested that. Personally I would follow Dr Newman’s protocol for fenugreek in pill format instead of putting it in this recipe. You can search for his website and fenugreek tips.

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