Celebrating 30 Years of ICAN: 30 Crafts–Lactation Cookies

Lactation cookies are the perfect gift basket item for the new mom in your area, and a delicious treat to make for yourself if you are nursing. These cookies are nutritious, filling, and support breast milk production! Oats have long been associated with increased milk supply, as have flax seeds and brewer’s yeast.  These ingredients pack a nutrient-dense punch, adding iron, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and protein to these delightful cookies. Bake, enjoy, and may your milk be plentiful!

Lactation Cookies
1 C Butter or Margarine
1 C Sugar
1 C Brown Sugar
4 Tbs Water
2 Tbs Flaxseed Meal
2 Large Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Salt
2 C Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
3 C Rough Cut Oats
1 C Chocolate Chips
1 C Raisins
1 C Coconut (optional)
2 Tbs (generous Tablespoons!) Brewer’s Yeast

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Mix 2 Tbs water with the flaxseed meal, set aside… for 3-5 minutes. Cream butter and sugar together, then add 1 egg at a time, mixing well. Stir flaxseed mix and vanilla together and then add to butter mix, beat well until blended.

Combine dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add to the wet mix until well blended. Fold in tine raisins, chocolate chips, coconut and oats. Spoon onto cookie sheets and bake for 8-12 minutes. Yield 6 dozen cookies.


  1. jodi February 4, 2012 1:04 pm 

    Wonderful!!! I am appalled at how many women have started work at home businesses selling these at mind blowing prices, preying on breastfeeding moms. I have been trying to get the recipe out to all the moms I can reach. There’s nothing mysterious (or expensive) about them. Oats and fat are the key. Good eating for the whole family. If they don’t help you in the milk department, a little extra fiber never hurt anyone.