Lactation Cookie Recipe

Want a yummy way to keep up nutrients important for the support of breastfeeding? Try lactation cookies! Lactation cookies contain nutrients that promote lactation.

  • Brewer’s yeast contains iron, protein and other vitamins and minerals that promote milk supply. It is believed to help with fatigue and the “baby blues.”
  • Oats are high in fiber and full of iron, protein and complex carbohydrates. Low levels of iron in the body can actually reduce milk supply.
  • Flaxseed has good fats and enzymes, which are important for increasing the content of breast milk.

The best part is, since these have such great nutrients, anyone can eat them – not just breastfeeding moms. Make a batch and freeze some for later. Here’s a recipe from we like to share:


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2-4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix the flaxseed meal and water. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  • Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar well.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Add flaxseed mix and vanilla and beat well.
  • Sift together flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to the butter mix.
  • Stir in oats and chips.
  • Scoop onto a baking sheet, bake for 12 minutes.
  • Let sit for a couple of minutes then remove from tray.

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Teri Spurling, RN, IBCLC

Teri Spurling, RN, IBCLC, has worked at UofL Hospital for 42 years, even since graduating from UofL’s School of Nursing in 1977. Within the Center for Women & Infants at UofL Hospital, she served in the newborn nursery for 28 years, and was on the Mother/Baby unit for two years before becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2012. She also serves on the Baby-Friendly committee for the hospital.

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