• carrie berry

Lactation Cookies

Updated: May 19, 2019

Breastfeeding Bevy was quite literally one of the darkest hours of my life. I suffered from clogged ducts every 2 weeks, mastitis and 40 degree fevers, crazy overproduction of milk which i ended up throwing away (mamas - check if the baby likes frozen milk before pumping and storing them like a madwoman!), and pretty severe shoulder and neck pain from hunching down over the pump. But like many things, we don't realize how valuable they are until they are gone. When my breastmilk started drying up i started to panic, googling all the different illnesses my baby juice could prevent - my anxiety in this aspect deserves a whole dedicated post. In an attempt at one last hurrah, i looked online for lactation cookies and found that they were extremely expensive. It's true that a desperate woman will pay anything! Ladies before you fork out $200 for 10 cookies, consider trying this.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tbsp milled flaxseed

  • 3 tbsp water

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp brewer's yeast

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 cups oats

  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the coconut oil and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla and mix.

  • Combine the milled flaxseed and water in a separate bowl and then add to the mixing bowl.

  • Add the flour, brewer's yeast, cinnamon and salt to the mixing bowl and mix again.

  • By hand, mix in the oats and raisins. Scoop out the batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Flatten the cookies slightly. Bake for 12 minutes.

This recipe made about 16 cookies for me. So the holy trinity of lactation foods is coconut oil, flax, brewer's yeast (being the key ingredient) and oats (being the secondary ingredient). Also these ingredients are extremely healthy for you and the baby, providing a ton of omega 3 and brain-boosting nutrients. I happily chomped on 2 a day to experience a nearly 50ml increase per day, while my non lactating husband and friends also had some and concurred that they were delicious with no lactation effects for them:) If you're thinking what the hell is brewer's yeast, you can buy it along with all the ingredients in this recipe on iherb.com.