Try Lactation Cookies to Boost Milk Supply

woman eating cookies

Cookies and milk aren't just for kids. In fact, some cookies might help you make more milk.

Lori Lampe, RN, IBCLC, a certified lactation consultant at MU Health Care, said many patients are delighted to learn about lactation cookies.

"I do recommend lactation cookies," Lampe said. "These have three ingredients that can stimulate milk supply: brewer's yeast, flaxseed and old-fashioned oats. And everyone enjoys having a cookie."

In addition to assisting with milk production, brewer's yeast is an excellent source of protein, iron and B vitamins, which can help stave of fatigue - a definite plus for a tired mama.

Here's one of our favorite recipes:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 TBSP brewer's yeast (find it in the health food aisle or at a natural grocery store)
  • 3 TBSP ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, nuts, M&Ms or your favorite cookie addition

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven the 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In another bowl, use your electric mixer to beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, then add the vanilla extract and again beat until combined.
  4. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  6. Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms begin to turn golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.