Serena’s Lactation Cookies

Time for LACTATION COOKIES! While you’re whipping up a batch of these lovelies, listen in to Serena on her episode of Fourth Trimester Podcast Why Postpartum Midwifery is Vital to Healing With Serena Saeed-Winn


Lactation cookies are a popular choice among many parents who are breastfeeding. Why? These cookies are specifically formulated to support and enhance milk production. There aren’t any guarantees but it certainly won’t hurt to make and eat some delicious snacks. So, here are a few reasons why lactation cookies are so loved:

  1. Nutrient-rich ingredients: Lactation cookies are typically made with ingredients that are known to be beneficial for lactation. Common ingredients include oats, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, and fenugreek. These ingredients are rich in essential nutrients such as iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids.
  2. Boost milk supply: As the name would imply, lactation cookies support milk production. Ingredients like brewer’s yeast and fenugreek are believed to stimulate the release of prolactin, a hormone that helps in milk production. This is the point after all.
  3. Convenient and enjoyable: Breastfeeding can be demanding, and parents appreciate having a convenient and tasty snack option that can potentially benefit milk production. We highly recommend adding a few lactation cookies to a snack tray. (What’s a snack tray? Find out here) And bonus, our recipe can be made in various flavors to suit your favorite style of cookie.
  4. Psychological benefits: Breastfeeding can be emotionally challenging for some parents, especially if they are concerned about their milk supply. Lactation cookies can serve as a confidence booster by providing a sense of control and empowerment. Even if the direct impact on milk production varies from person to person, the act of consuming lactation cookies can create a positive mindset, reduce stress, and help parents feel proactive in supporting their breastfeeding journey. So go ahead, give them a whirl.


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Serena’s Lactation Cookies

Serena Saeed-Winn
These are the BEST lactation cookies. They contain the typical ingredients associated with increased milk production. And they just taste amazing as well. You can try all kinds of variations (e.g. optional nuts, nut butters, cinnamon, rice flour if you are gluten free). Make them your own!
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Cookies


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats Add more oats for a thicker cookie
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp  brewers yeast
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (plus one additional egg yolk)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips/chunks
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice Optional
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened  flaked coconut Optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts Optional
  • 2 tbsp almond butter Optional


  • Preheat the oven the 350 degrees F
  • Soften butter and coconut oil
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, and salt
  • In a separate bowl beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy
  • Add in the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy
  • Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined
  • Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined 
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed
  • Add oats and stir
  • Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula until they are evenly dispersed
  • Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds (I use an ice cream scoop so they are fairly uniform in size)  and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper
  • Bake for 5-10 minutes based on desired crispiness
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