Healthy Lactation Cookies (to Boost Milk Supply!)

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These healthy Lactation Cookies are a life-saver for new moms. They’re made with milk-boosting ingredients, like flax seed, oats, and brewer’s yeast, and feature healthier ingredients to avoid a sugar crash later. Because moms need all the energy they can get!

lactation cookies on a cooling rack

How Do Lactation Cookies Work?

Lactation cookies are strategically developed with ingredients that are thought to boost milk supply. These ingredients include:

  • Flax Seeds. Flax seeds are a rich source of lignans, a type of phytoestrogen which is similar to the female hormone estrogen. It may help to influence the production of breast milk, and the essential fatty acids in flax may help to make the milk more nutritious.
  • Brewer’s Yeast. Brewer’s Yeast is believed to be a galactogogue, which is thought to increase milk production. It’s also loaded with B vitamins, iron, and chromium, which may help to stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Rolled Oats. Oats are a good source of iron, and since low-iron levels have been associated with a decrease in breast milk production, it makes sense that eating something high in iron might help!

Anything that makes you relax is also thought to help encourage your breast milk to let-down, so sitting down and eating a cookie might help in that regard, too!

ground flax and water in bowl for lactation cookies

What’s the Best Way to Increase Your Milk Supply Naturally?

It’s important to note that the most important factor when it comes to making breast milk is how often you allow your baby to nurse. Your body produces breast milk using the “supply and demand” system, so the more you let the baby nurse, the more milk you will make. 

Unlimited access to the breast is essential for establishing an adequate milk supply, and no number of lactation cookies or herbs can replace that. (Though they do help boost your caloric intake, and that’s necessary for breast milk, too– don’t be tempted to diet or reduce your calories when you’re trying to establish your milk supply.)

The nurses at my hospital even recommended that I completely avoid using pacifiers or bottles for the first four weeks of our son’s life to ensure that I nursed him every single time he needed comfort. (Which felt like 20+ hours out of the day.) You can’t nurse a baby too often, but you can nurse them too little.

With that being said, eating a few of these cookies couldn’t hurt, either.

How to Make Healthy Lactation Cookies

Most recipes for lactation cookies that I’ve seen floating around the internet are loaded with white flour and sugar, and very little of these special milk-boosting ingredients, so I have to wonder if they are really doing new moms any favors. You need all the energy you can get during those first few months, and the last thing you need is a sugar crash!

lactation cookie dough on pan

The following recipe is my solution to that problem. These cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free to accommodate those with allergies, and they are naturally sweetened with low-glycemic coconut sugar.

Best of all, the batter can be whipped together in minutes, so you won’t have to wait long before you’re swimming in cookies (and hopefully more breast milk)!

Can You Use Nutritional Yeast in Lactation Cookies?

Brewer’s yeast is always found in classic lactation cookie recipes, but if you’re gluten-free and can’t find one that is certified gluten-free, or if you can’t find a de-bittered version (it tastes terrible otherwise), try using nutritional yeast instead. It’s thought to have similar properties to brewer’s yeast with its nutrition profile, and it tastes much better!

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How to Make Healthy Lactation Cookies (1-Minute Video):

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Healthy Lactation Cookies (to Boost Milk Supply!)

These healthy Lactation Cookies are loaded with milk-boosting ingredients, like flax seeds, oats, and brewer's yeast. I love that they're made with low-glycemic coconut sugar, to help avoid a sugar crash later!
Course Dessert
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan
Keyword lactation cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 145kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large bowl combine the ground flax seeds with the water, and stir well to mix. Add in the coconut oil, coconut sugar, debittered brewer's yeast, vanilla, baking soda, and salt, and stir again until well combined. Gradually stir in the oat flour until a dough is formed, then fold in the 1/2 cup of oats and dark chocolate chips.
  • Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto the lined baking sheet, then use your fingers to flatten the cookies.
  • Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges. I prefer mine baked for 10 minutes, so that they are crisp around the edges, but still nice and soft in the center, but they will firm up more the longer you bake them. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • These cookies will soften if stored in an airtight container at room temperature, so I recommend storing them in the fridge or freezer for best texture and shelf life. Or, you can store them on a plate (uncovered) at room temperature for up to 3 days.



*If you are gluten-intolerant be sure buy certified gluten-free oats. If you cannot find a brewer's yeast that is certified gluten-free, try using nutritional yeast instead, which is thought to have similar properties for milk production.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Lactation Cookie Nutrition (per cookie): Calories: 145, Fat: 7g, Carbohydrates: 18, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 4g

Recipe Notes:

  • I came up with this recipe for my mom friends who can’t have nuts, but if you’d prefer a “Paleo” lactation cookie, try adding brewer’s yeast or nutritional yeast to my Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe instead! (You could even add a flax egg to them, if you like.)
  • I also found these Date Energy Balls and Lactation Energy Bites helpful for my first several weeks of nursing– they provided me with easy, nutrient-dense calories when I was up all hours of the night! They would also make a wonderful gift for a new mom.
  • If you’re not a nursing mom, but just want a vegan oatmeal cookie to enjoy, omit the yeast– these cookies will taste even better without it!
  • It’s crucial that you use debittered brewer’s yeast in this recipe, as the regular version tastes terrible!! I couldn’t even stand one tablespoon of the regular stuff in an entire batch of cookies, so please don’t waste your ingredients and ruin a batch of cookies like I did. If you would prefer to use nutritional yeast, it is suspected to have similar milk-boosting properties, too. (Experts aren’t sure why yeast boosts milk supply, but they suspect it has something to do with the B vitamins it contains.)

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think! If you make a substitution, let me know how that works for you, too. We can all benefit from your experience!

Reader Feedback: Have you ever tried a lactation cookie before? My husband loves them, too!

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Charlene @ That Girl Cooks Healthy

I’m not a mother but I would love to try this recipe. I simply love cookies and have all of the ingredients to hand plus I know my loved ones would adore these nibbles.


    These are so good!!
    I added some chia seeds and coconut flakes instead of the rolled oats ,plus I used monkfruit sweetener instead of coconut sugar and it was super tasty!! I could only find the normal brewers yeast but the monkfruit sweetener got rid of the bitterness which was great!

    Thanks so much for the recipe I made them for myself but everyone keeps eating them so I’m already on the second batch! 🙂


I made lactation cookies similar to these while I was feeding on demand and I believe they worked! The oatmeal and brewers yeast was key 🙂

    EmMY anne

    I had to order the brewers yeast and oat flour. They came in yesterday so I made 2 batches of these.
    I’m exclusively feeding my 5 month old daughter and I’m pumping for a friend who is adopting a baby boy (born yesterday!).
    I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and the result. I was able to pump 5 oz after feeding my daughter. I got everything gluten free, even the oats. I have thyroid disease with hashimoto, so omitting gluten really helps me out.


Super awesome!! Thank you! I have tried several healthier, gluten free versions of lactation cookies and they’re all a waste of calories, I’m so happy to see your version! Thank you, thank you!!!


    Hi I’ve made these before a few times now and they are delicious! I substitute nutritional yeast and it tastes great. My only problem is my cookies always tend to turn out flat. Do you know what could be causing this?


These look amazing!! I have already made 2 different batches of lactation cookies which are different to these and contain wholemeal flour as well as oats, they went soft even though I went out and bought an air tight container so it is interesting to see your recommendation about storing in fridge 🙂 My questions is, with your recipe do I need to cream the coconut oil with sugar? Also are these very sweet as I normally only use half cup of sugar so wondering if they need the cup 🙂 Look forward to hearing from you as hopefully these can assist me with my 11 week old munchkin that is on 3 hourly feeds..


    I mean’t an air tight GLASS container 🙂 x


    These cookies are not as sweet as traditional recipes, but if you are used to lower sugar desserts, you could probably reduce the sugar a bit more. Coconut sugar tastes less sweet than refined white sugar. And I didn’t cream the oil with the sugar, but I did mix pretty aggressively to make sure all the ingredients were very well incorporated.


      Thank you Megan x

Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

Love this idea – my sister is about to pop so maybe i will make her a batch of these, i didn’t realised nutritional yeast could be helpful for lactation as well – it seems to be one super food!


I love the idea of making these for new (Breast feeding moms)! When I brought my babies home, people. came over with such well meaning desserts….but they only seemed to make me bigger than I already was. And I just felt worse about myself. I needed these! What a great gift to accompany a new outfit for a new mom. Thanks!


Thanks for this recipe – it comes at a perfect time! I have a 9 week old and have been struggling with milk supply. I have been making the traditional lactation cookie recipe but am not a fan of the amount of refined sugar in it as well as the flour. Can’t wait to try this alternative recipe – thank you!

tereza crump aka mytreasuredcreations

the supply and demand law really works with breastfeeding. I breastfed all my kids way into toddlerhood. I was 31 to 42 – I wasn’t a young girl, either. I never gave my kids pacifiers or bottles at all. Because they were at the breast whenever they wanted they cried less, would sooth easier and never needed any “crutches” of any kind (blankeys, toys etc).


    Hi Tereza. Just read your comment. I’m a first time mum to a 8 month old bubba girl, I have always up until a month ago, breastfed on demand. I was getting a lot of people telling me she would never be a good sleeper as she will have to settle on the boobie etc. she doesn’t have a pacifier or take bottles.
    My question from one mum to another… Did u find this caused sleep issues, self settling issues etc
    Thank you


      I know your question is a few months old, so I don’t know if you are still looking for info, but just in case you are, or someone else is… I just read a couple of articles recently, about the many benefits of breastfeeding for the baby… And how unnatural it is the wean them for sleeps sake… Go with your gut.

      Here are a few articles that speak to the importance of breastfeeding (and that the “experts” are full of it) . Every time I think about doing what mainstream thinks I should I read these articles and feel empowered to continue doing what I feel is right for my baby.

      That being said, not everyone can breastfeed or breastfeed on demand, but if you can and you want to, don’t let what other people think or say stop you.

      Trina Escobar

      Hi, I’m a new mom of a beautiful girl who is now 3 months old. I exclusively breastfeed on demand and she does not like bottles or pacifiers. I feel she sleeps well through the night but I also cosleep. She is well over the 70% for weight and 90% for height and I wanted to make sure I keep a good milk supply hence what brought me to your recipe. I will try them today but just wanted to say thank you. I don’t let her cry for to long and she only cries for 1 reason and that’s to eat, though I fear her not being able to self soothe well because she’s a little high maintenance. I enjoy and believe in breastfeeding 100%!


Delicious!! The best healthy lactation cookies I have tried!!! Thank you! I followed the recipe as is but had Lewis Labs yeast and it still turned out great. Super good, just a good cookie healthy or not. Thank you!!


Don’t use nutritional yeast! That would taste totally different (gross really) and it does not increase milk supply.


These taste amazing! They are my new favorite cookie. Thank you so much!


These cookies are great! I made the dough when I as expecting, froze it and thawed after baby was born. They’re a great snack for late night feeds or while pumping! I especially loved all the healthful ingredients compared to many other recipes. Thanks!


I just took these out of the oven so I can’t say how good the baked cookies are, but I’ve been snacking on the batter I had leftover since I used a small pan. Amazing! Thanks for the recipe!


These are great!!!! Love the taste, easy to mix up, and they bake so nicely! Thank you for a wonderful addition to my lactogenic eating plan! I work full time and have had trouble making enough milk for my Little. We are still EBF at nine months but I fight for every ounce that I pump. So happy to have this recipe for a special treat.


Could you use coconut flour in this recipe ?

    Megan Gilmore

    I don’t recommend using coconut flour in recipes that don’t call for it– it’s VERY different from other flours, and you’ll basically have to come up with a whole new recipe to use it. I have several recipes that call for coconut flour already, so I’d suggest you start with one of those and add lactation-friendly ingredients from there. (You can search for coconut flour in the search bar to the right!)


Just made these with butter instead of oil and no yeast like you recommended for a nut free cookie recipe. Used ground chia instead of flax. They were good in flavor but not in texture. definitely really stuck to the roof of my mouth hard to eat type thing. Really gummy maybe the word? How to I fix that? Also, can i leave the whole oats out at the end for a smooth non oatmeal type cookie? Really looking for that staple choc chip cookie recipe and I’m hoping this can be it with some fixes! I made your single serving buckwheat cookie since that had no coconut and tree nut flour in it and the texture was a lot better on those, but hard to figure out how to make a big batch. Let me know what you think, could really use your advice!


im thinking it was too much chia, from doing some googling of “sticky, gummy” GF cookies. Should I take it down to two ground tablespoons chia seeds? Do I leave the water the same as a half a cup? Also, can I leave out the oats at the end just for a regular chocolate chip cookie?



Just made these- used two cups of gluten free oat flour instead of blending, organic unbleached sugar (not coconut), and nutritional yeast instead of Brewers. They taste great!!


I made these with oat flour instead of grinding oats… they came out very dry/tasteless. If I am not starting with whole oats should I use less oat flour than 2 cups? I am thinking of trying again with less flour and more liquid like applesauce?


    I used less oat flour (maybe 1 1/2 cups) and 1/2 cup honey instead of coconut sugar. they are delicious.


    Definitely try using less oat flour. Probably closer to one cup. You could start with one and then add more as needed based on how sticky the batter is.


These cookies are fantastic. I added cinnamon the second time I made them and they were even tastier! You’d never know they were lactation cookies.

Cathryn Hawes

I love these and have made several batches, I feel they help make more milk as I have a low supply. I use steel cut oats and grind all the oats and flax in a coffee grinder for a smoother cookie. I also melt the chocolate into the water and coconut oil so each bite is chcolatey. A pinch of cinnamon warms the flavour too.


Made a double batch of these and am keeping them in the freezer for my baby’s arrival! They are definitely satisfying as a cookie should be, but without the guilt and with added benefits of boosting milk supply! I I love that they have whole food ingredients!


I made these cookies and love them. Followed your recipe, didn’t make any changes. I would love these even when I’m not breastfeeding. Thanks for this delicious recipe!


Hello – this recipe has been recommended to me but I’m allergic to brewers yeast – do you think it would work if I left it out altogether or should I replace it with something else ?


May I know is it possible to substitute the yeast with something else? As I’m allergic to egg and yeast. Thanks.

Leah Watson

Thank you soooo much for posting these!!! You’re right, pretty much all the recipes out there for lactation cookies are filled with unhealthy ingredients and are so calorically dense too! I just made these and LOVE them (so does my husband!!!) and I’m re-posting on my blog!!! I have linked to your blog 🙂
I’ve loved your blog forever–thanks for all the great recipes, info, and inspiration!
~Leah 🙂


Hi Megan ! Thank you so muchfor this recipe as I am fairly restricted with what I am eating and struggling with my supply. I have made your Paleo choc chip cookies for years and really prefer the taste of those. At the end of this post you mention adding brewers yeast and flax egg to the Paleo recipe. That works without any modifications? Is there a way to use the ground oats instead of almond meal in that same recipe or will that change too much?

    Megan Gilmore

    I do think adding a tablespoon or two of yeast to the Paleo cookie recipe would be just fine– the only alteration you might need to make would be adding a splash of water to help bind it all together if the mixture gets too dry. I’m not sure how you’d add oats to the mixture, though… that would change the flavor and texture, so it would take quite a bit more experimentation.


my container of Brewers yeast says it’s a beer making byproduct. That would mean it is not gluten free. The malt in beer is full o gluten.

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, true brewer’s yeast is byproduct of beer, but other brands of “brewer’s yeast” are grown using another medium, such as sugar beets. That’s why I recommend looking for a brand that is labeled gluten-free or using nutritional yeast as an alternative.

Denise Vanderlee

I halved the sugar and replaced the oil with pumpkin purée. It tasted great. I also kept the flax seed whole rather than ground. The cookies came out great. Not too sweet. They are more chewy than crisp probably because of the lack of fat but they have all the lactation ingredient goodness they need in them.


    Thank you, I was reading through comments trying to see what I could replace the oil with and as a plus I love pumpkin!! Did you sub for the same amount??

Ashley Stevens

First recipe I’ve ever tried for lactation cookies! Made the cookies exactly how the recipe calls for! Exact measurements and ingredients! The coconut ingredients gives the cookie such a good coconut flavor and paired with the chocolate it’s so good! I can’t comment on whether or not my production is up bc of the cookie bc I literally just made the cookies and ate two!


These are amazing! I love that they are gluten-free and loaded with whole grains and galactogogues. I’m hopeful that they’ll work their magic on my milk supply, but regardless I’ll be devouring them (and if they last long enough, sharing them with friends for their pure deliciousness).


These!! I devoured two immediately. These are the best cookies I’ve ever tasted. My supply increased significantly. Thank you!! Oh and I used cane sugar instead of coconut because I ran out of coconut.


The yeast taste can be overwhelming, so I discovered that 1 mashed banana / batch, plus 1/4 – 1/2 cup of toasted unsweetened coconut flakes balance out the flavor. I’ve been eating these as breakfast for the past 3 months, and there’s lots you can do to mix up the flavor profile!


These cookies are delish! I recommend making a double batch.


Can I freeze the cookie dough? If so, do I need to defrost before I bake? These are delicious.


    Did you end up trying to freeze them? I am about to meal prep before our baby comes and loved these last time I was pregnant but now with a toddler, baking is a luxury lol


These cookies are delish! I was skeptical of them being both gf and vegan, thinking they might end up dry or funky tasting, but they are absolutely moist and delectable. I’ve made three batches so far, one where I doubled the recipe, and all turned out great!

They are probably little calorie bombs, but when you are breastfeeding you need the energy boost (tho my husband, who is clearly not breastfeeding but is vegan, loves them too).

I’ve been cutting back the amount of sugar in the recipe and so far they are still “sweet enough” (I’ve cut back to 3/4 a cup… next up will try 1/2 cup).

I’m also using 85% dark chocolate (just cutting up a bar into chips) and sometimes adding mint chocolate chips (absolute yum).

Another plus: they’ve made me quite “regular” with firm-but-easy-to-pass stools (a huge bonus when you gave birth naturally a week ago)–all that oat fiber!!!


Needed something dairy-free for the mom I am baking for, so tried these instead of my typical recipe and they worked out great. I didn’t have the coconut sugar, so used half brown sugar and half white sugar. I would definitely reduce the amount of sugar next time as I didn’t realize there was such a sweetness difference between regular and coconut sugar, but these still taste great. I love that it uses blended oats instead of wheat flour, as that just boosts the amount of oats we can pack into the cookies! Think this will be the base for my new recipe ongoing. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. (Note: I must heap my TBS somewhat less than you do as I got 25 good-sized cookies out of this batch and they spread far more than yours. Think I may chill the batter before baking next time so they are less likely to spread).


These are delicious! Do you know the protein, carb, and fat count by chance?


Have you tried this with nutritional yeast? Thanks

Kelly @View Along the way

Megan these were fabulous! I read that dates are also a galactogogue, so I replaced the coconut sugar with your date paste recipe – even healthier and more powerful! Thanks for both great recipes! (PS – my husband Andy works for AdThrive and first pointed me to your blog. I’m a total fan!)


Hi! This is a very lovely recipe here! I couldn’t find specific “debittered” brewer’s yeast so I just bought a normal one from the health shop! It didn’t leave any noticeable taste at all.
First of all, thank you for sharing is amazing recipe! To be honest, I was a little bit skeptical but grateful that I tried!
Little of bit alteration for everyone reading this: for some reason we only had “brown” flax meal and it’s all still works just adds a bit of colour that’s all. Second, I forgot to add the sugar HAHA I’ve been too busy looking for “milk” just making sure there was actually none, and trust me you don’t need any so I added it at the last part with chocolate chips and oats and mixed it with my hands. Let it stand there for 5-10 minutes so the sugar dissolves a little bit and then mix again (with your hands) which I prefer. Speaking of oats, I had instant oats that I wanted to use so I used that in place of 1/2cup rolled oats at the last part. This will change the texture, which in the end I didn’t mind- like pillowy texture but still great because of the subtle crunch from browning on the sides. I made two trays, 16 cookies, and baked the first one at exactly 12 minutes and the other one 17 minutes. I liked both but if you want a bit more softer, chewer texture go for 12minutes.

Good luck guys! I recommend this recipe, highly!


How long will these freeze for in a sealed container? Hoping to batch cook

Meagan Motley

Thank you for the vegan lactation cookie recipe! I agree that every recipe you look up is just loaded with sugar and butter and stuff. I am curious if these would also be good if I froze half the batch of cookie dough and made cookies with the other half? Or is it only good to freeze the already made cookies? Thanks!


I followed the recipe but used Anthony’s brewers yeast, which is not debittered. They were pretty terrible! I tried the recipe again with grass-fed butter instead of coconut oil and it really masked the bitterness of the brewers yeast. If you’re used to really sweet treats, you probably won’t like these. I prefer lower sugar so I really liked them.

Rachael C Gannon

Hey! Made these a week ago and they are perfect!! Love them so much and they help my milk supply!

One question tho, how would I add almond butter to this recipe?? I can’t have chocolate or raisins and am just trying to mix it up a bit, ya know? Lol.. thanks in advance!

Chelsey Story

Thank you for posting this 🙂 yummy and increased my supply within hours! (I used nutritional yeast)


About to have our second baby and these were awesome with my first. They taste good and they always helped. Getting a few batches into the freezer this time so I’m ready!


YAY. These were easy to make and held up relatively well. I did swap the chocolate chips for dried cranberries, added a dash of cinnamon, and halved the sugar. I also melted the coconut oil a bit because I couldn’t see it mixing well in solid form.

As others mentioned, I went ahead and froze them, which I think will help a bit with the crumbiness. Mine held together pretty okay (considering I halved the sugar, which probably makes a difference) but I think from-the-freezer will be even better!

Thanks again!

Erin Kerby

Is the sugar required for the yeast? Or is it strictly for taste?


These were pretty good. Not sure if mine were bitter free though. I read the last part of the article after I made them. I just bought what the store had. They tasted pretty good being dairy, wheat, egg and processed sugar free. I hope my friend likes them 🤗

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