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Lactation Cookie Recipe

lactation cookie recipeHey, just wondering if anyone knows where I can find a good lactation cookie recipe and if they can be frozen (either cooked or uncooked). I’d like to make some before bub arrives so I can be prepared.

Lactation Cookies Recipe

1 cup butter or margarine
1 & 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (can be found at any local health ifood store)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
1 cup or more chocolate chips/sultanas/almonds/macadamia nuts (whatever takes your fancy)
2-4 tablespoons of brewers yeast (be generous)


Do not substitute the brewers yeast… that’s the ingredient which makes them work.

If you don’t notice much of an increase the first time or if you need to increase your supply even more, add more brewers yeast.

Lactation Cookie Recipe Variation Ideas:

Coconut and banana
Choc chip and cranberry
Dried apricot and white chocolate
Apple cinnamon: 1 tsp cinnamon instead of vanilla, 1/2 cup chopped dried apple and 1/2 cup sultanas. BellyBelly member audux also added 2 tbsp stewed apple to experiment and found the cookies to turn out lovely and moist.
For a healthier cookie, substitute some or all of the butter for coconut oil which is SO good for your body (inside and out) with a mountain of benefits, including anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Choose an organic oil if you can, virgin coconut oil is best – avoid the refined/blended products for best results. Coconut oil is surprisingly in solid form and not an oil, but this is normal. For more benefits of coconut oil, visit the Coconut Research Center website.

I doubled the flaxseed meal, added cocoa and hazelnut meal – they taste like Nutella.


Preparation time is around 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C.

1) Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes.

2) Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well.

3) Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended.

4) Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips.

5) Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips.

6) Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment. Because the dough is a little crumbly, it might be easier if you use a scoop.

Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies. Makes approximately 6 dozen cookies.

Where to Get Brewer’s Yeast

You can get brewer’s yeast from health food stores, in the home brew section of your local Big W or in health food isles of supermarkets. It’s a bit cheaper to buy brewer’s yeast from supermarkets than from health food stores or home-brew suppliers.

Started eating raw lactation cookie dough, which, according to collective BellyBelly wisdom, is supposed to be even more effective than cooked dough, also at a rate of the equivalent of 2/feed.

Other Things To Help With Your Supply:

  • Remember to keep up your water intake (especially in warmer weather but not limited to), as this can make a big difference. Have a glass of water next to you every time you breastfeed (right next to your cookies!). Ideally have a water bottle with you all the time and try to sip every 15 minutes. Fennel tea can also be used to help increase supply Offer the breast more frequently. Demand equals supply as far as breast milk goes – when your baby is sucking at the breast it sends signals to make more milk Fenugreek can also be used to increase supply, however if you’re thinking of adding it into the cookie recipe, BellyBelly member.   Yes you can freeze the LC cookie dough and freeze the cookies as well.  Rhiannon
  •  Hate to say it. But the cookies are a bit of a crock. They’re mostly just normal, sugary cookies. You’re better off having natural supplements like fenugreek when bub comes for milk production. Much better unless, of course you just fancy having a late night snack for energy.   Hayley
  •  Pinky McKay sells some called boobie bickies.   Caroline
  •  Belly belly recipe I use and it so good!   Hannah
  •  Yep I just made a batch the other day. I have frozen the dough before and it still works a treat.
  • I baked some ready to eat as froze the rest in zip lock bags – about enough for 4-6 cookies at a time baked.  Also eating the dough raw is like more effective – like 3 times as potent or something. But be careful! Especially when milk comes in as you don’t want to over load your breasts or risk mastitis/blocked ducts.  And they are totally morish! Also just eating oats or muesli bars will help boost your milk too as they oats are good for your milk (the combination of oats and brewer’s yeast are what makes these work). I also think the reason for the brewer’s yeast is that it doesn’t rise the same as baking yeast does – it just ferments things.   Josey
  •  The lactation cookie recipe can just be Googled. They are delicious and definitely work. Make sure you use brewer’s yeast now baker’s yeast. It’s the key ingredient. I don’t know about freezing them. I would be worried it would change to properties of the yeast but I could be wrong. You can start eating them during pregnancy too.   Kelly





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