Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

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So I recently put a post up on my facebook page about some lactation cookies I had made.  I ended up getting more emails and private messages than I knew what to do with.  So I decided to get this recipe up fast so that everyone would be able to make them!

Dairy Free Lactation Cookies


What is a lactation cookie exactly?  It a cookie that has a few key ingredients that promote lactation, or increase a nursing mom’s milk supply.

For instance, in this cookie I have included oats.  Researchers have long since known that oatmeal has properties in it that help to lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy blood pressure.  Oats also provide plenty of iron as well as an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  New moms definitely need all that!

Lactation Cookies

These delicious cookies also contain Brewers yeast, ground flaxseed and dairy free mini chocolate chips.  The yeast and flaxseed are classic components to a Lactation cookie, but I wanted to take it one step further.  I decided to use all shortening instead of butter and the dairy free chocolate in my recipe to ensure it was dairy free.

I know when I was nursing Eddie I experimented with a dairy free diet in the hopes it would help with his colic.  To have been able to enjoy a scrumptious chocolate chip cookie during that time would have been such a treat!

Dairy Free Lactation Cookies

These cookies do contain cinnamon and all spice and you may certainly omit them if you have a sensitivity.

In the research I did, it wasn’t recommended to use a cinnamon supplement while breastfeeding or consume more than 1 tsp per day. (In very small doses cinnamon can actually be beneficial.)

These cookies have a crispy crunchy exterior and a chewy center.  I loved the juxtaposition!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cocoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp Brewers yeast
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 cups oats (can be quick oats)
  • 1 10 oz bag Dairy Free mini chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 350 (I baked at 325 in convection oven)
  2. In medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, all spice and cocoa.
  3. In stand mixer on medium speed, add shortening, sugar and vanilla. Add in eggs one at a time. Mix on medium high for 1-2 minutes to ensure well combined.
  4. Turn mixer to lowest setting in slowly add in flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  5. Remove bowl from mixer and add in oats, mini chocolate chips, yeast and flaxseed. Mix by hand.
  6. These cookies work best when on silpat or parchment paper on your baking sheet. I made each cookie roughly a tablespoon and placed about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 7-9 minutes and then cool on cooling rack. Keep a close eye on these cookies and remove when edges are just barely browned. The center may appear slightly "wet" and that is ok. Cookie will continue to bake after it is removed from oven.

Dairy Free Lactation Cookies

Here is the nitty gritty.  New moms need all the blessings they can get.  To be able to make cookies for a nursing mom that not only help her but taste good?  AND its recommended to eat about 4 a day.

I cant think of a better perscription!

***These cookies are delicious and can be eaten by anyone.




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  1. Barbara C says

    I’m with Jen, but 21 years down the road. No more babies for me. I tried to nurse but just didn’t produce enough milk. My midwife never even suggested the foods I ate could help. Our daughter turned out just fine but it still makes me feel a tad incomplete. Thanks for sharing, Amanda and don’t worry about the ugliness out there!

    • Danielle says

      It makes me sad that you feel incomplete even if just a little :( I am sure that you are a great mom, wife and person. Maybe whip up a batch for someone who is breastfeeding :) I am a new mom, and didn’t know about these till after the fact. I drank mothers milk tea (yuck!). I think these cookies are a great idea as it’s a one handed snack!

        • says

          I’m from Malaysia but now live in the my culture, a new mother will go through 40 days of confinement where she’s to eat a certain diet, to help her recuperate and become better. I gave birth here in the US and so did a lot of research on the food I should take during my confinement. I found that they’re all to help encourage milk production and help the new mom to regain energy after giving birth. There are some food which are not allowed to be eaten during this period because they are made did the body (affects blood flow I think). Having said that, I did eat a lot of oatmeal when I was in confinement because it was easy to prepare and tummy :)

          I’ll be making these for some expecting moms :) thank you for sharing!

  2. Jennifer says

    Amanda, GREAT recipe! I’ll be sharing this with all my clients. And posting it everywhere I can! thank you for blogging about this. I did lactation cookies and man did they help…. but these ones sound so much yummier than mine lol.

  3. says

    Me being an Indian can tell you that we have a lot of post-pregnancy food containing ghee (clarified butter), nuts, different types of grains n legumes to aid lactation. So I am happy to see this post and learn about so many other forms of food which can do the same. And if that comes in a cookie form, who in his right mind would say no!!

    Its sad to know that there are such idiots present here when we being a culture with a totally different approach towards nudity has come to (I guess we always have) accept the importance of nursing and can keep a open mind.

    And, as far as the cookies being on a baking blog is concerned – Amanda, put it on both the blogs. The number of people who need this recipe is far far more than the number of idiots who will tell you that you were wrong in posting this. :)

  4. Alex says

    I just read this blog after you posted on Facebook.

    Thank you

    My wife had some difficulty producing milk for her first child several yrs. ago
    We are expecting in October and she LOVES to bake!
    I’m going to show her this and see if we can give it a try.
    Thank you for sharing this. This just might make the difference!

  5. says

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe, I didn’t think twice about the word “lactation”. To me it was especially helpful because I knew immediately what these cookie were for and that I wanted in on it! And BONUS, not only do they contain ingredients that help with low supply, but they’re dairy-free for gassy, colicky babies. Check, and check… thank you!

  6. says

    Yum! My first baby’s arrival is just 5 weeks away now – and since I’ll take any excuse to eat cookies, you’d better believe I will have some of these ready to go! Here’s to eating cookies for an amazing milk supply…hooray!

  7. Katie says

    Phew, I made it through all of the “lactation” comments to make sure I wasn’t repeating a question: where do I find Brewer’s yeast? Will it be near other yeast in the baking aisle? Okay, now it’s obvious that I got here not because I’m a baker but because I googled *gasp!* “lactation cookies”.

    And I’m guessing ground flaxseed is something Bob’s Red Mill sells? Look around there?

    Thanks so much for a yummy-looking recipe! Super excited to bake, freeze, and eat in a couple months when my baby arrives.

    • says

      I would recommend ordering Brewers yeast online… find a reputable source and select the quantity you are comfortable with! :) Congrats on your pregnancy!

  8. Holly says

    I just baked my first batch! Supper yummy!! But I have a question, ho long will the batter keep if I choose not to bake the whole batch right away? Also, how many should I eat daily to really make a difference? My daughter is 8 weeks and I’m going back to work, I need all the help I can get while pumping!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!! I plan to make these for my nursing friends!!

    • says

      Hi Holly! So glad you liked them! In my research it was recommended about 4 cookies a day, or at least one with every meal. I have not frozen the dough, and am not sure that would be good for the yeast. I will do some more research! :)

      • Holly says

        Thanks! It made more dough than I have pans for so I tossed the batter n the fridge and plan to bake the rest tonight!

  9. Eva says

    How many cookies do you yield from this recipe? I just want to make sure my 4 cookies/day are the right size… I could easily eat the whole recipe. By myself. In one day. :)

  10. Kristen says

    These are delicious! The only thing I did differently was to add 2 tbsp (per other recipes) of Brewers Yeast. I can’t attest to how well they work, since I JUST ate my first one. But…..if they work, I’ll be making these all the time.

    Great Recipe!

    PS..I assume the baking powder and baking soda are added at the same time, but it wasn’t in the recipe.

  11. Luisa B says

    Just what I was looking for! I am wondering though, looking around my kitchen, what can I use for ‘shortening’. At first I understood that to mean margerine, but now I’m not so sure and I don’t have any of that anyway, lol. I have olive oil and canola oil, will that do? And should I mix the flaxseed with water first? I seem to remember seeing that somewhere…

  12. Jess says

    I made a recipe similar to these today, but they had more brewer’s yeast in them and they ended up with a very bitter aftertaste. Is there any bitterness with this recipe? The recipe I used called for 2-4 tablespoons of brewers yeast. I think I would rather leave it out all together and take the pill form.

  13. Nicole B. says

    Hi! I wanted to make these for a friend of mine. I was wondering if I could use Spelt Flour or whole wheat flour? Also would the ratios be the same? I think I may consider using coconut oil instead of shortening. Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Nicole! I have not made the recipe with those options, so I am not sure of your substitutions. However, I love the addition of coconut oil anywhere, and think it would be a fantastic substitution here! :)

  14. MommaA says

    I have tried many lactation cookie recipes and this is the best I’ve found yet! These are awesome!
    –Thank you Amanda!!!

  15. Sondra Huckins says

    Has anyone tried using applesauce to replace the shortening?

    I was trying to read through the comments, but well.. they started getting all crazy with the whole lactation thing!

  16. Mandy says

    Last night I made these cookies and they are not only delicious, but I noticed a difference in my supply within hours. Thank you so much for posting this! I have to have knee surgery on Thursday, so I have been looking for ways to produce a little extra milk for the time I’m in surgery and recovery. Thanks again <3 :)

  17. Christy says

    I just made these last night. Well they didn’t taste bad but I was like, “I don’t know what all those folks were talking about cause these aren’t yummy!” Lol just realized I used 2 tablespoons instead of teaspoons brewers yeast! Oh my!!! Well they don’t taste bad right now. Can’t wait to see how yummy they really are!! Anyhow, they really work! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

  18. aimee says

    I wish I could rid the world of shortening, and all the vegetable oils that provide us with Margarine! Garbage. Why doesn’t it occur to anyone that coconut oil and applesauce make wholesome and amazing alternatives? I would like to make these, I’ll use butter and possibly add raisins. Raisins are a fantastic source of iron! Every single recipe I come across has this one astronomical flaw, butter substitutes.

    • says

      That is certainly a powerful opinion aimee! I do like coconut oil (just had it in my eggs this morning!) and apple sauce. Thanks for offering up an option.

  19. Charlotte says

    Sorry if this was mentioned at some point, I didn’t read all the comments. I started a dairy and now soy free diet this week to try to help my little guys belly. I wasn’t sure what to use instead of the shortening. I just found earth balance soy and dairy free buttery spread. I fretted over using it, as I’m not much of a baker and didn’t know if it would work. Time is so precious right now and I didn’t want to waste that or the money on cookies that would be a flop! (I have to admit my hormones are out of control too. If they didn’t work I’d probably cry!) Oh my! Success!! These were AMAZING! Four a day! Ooookay if you insist! Thank you so much for posting. Now if I can keep my husband out of them. (Also FYI for folks. I got Enjoy Life dairy nut and soy free chocolate chips at Earth Fare and found the Brewer’s Yeast in the medicine section there too. I think everything else I found at a regular grocery store.)

  20. Barb Wilkey says

    If you want these to be dairy free and still healthy you could switch out the shortening for coconut oil. Shortening I’d made up entirely of partially hydrogenated oils, which are one of the worst things you can put in your body! Also, there is always Kerry gold butter, which is a grass-fed butter so it is loaded with B vitamins abs vitamin k!

  21. Nicole says

    These are delicious and worked great. My friend brought some to me when I had my baby and I just made another batch! And 4 cookies a day? Shucks. Feeds my sugar addiction, but not so good for when you are trying to lose weight!

  22. Meagan says

    Because they promote lactation! Kinda self explanatory. I am saving this recipe for next year when I am nursing! They sound yummy and easy!

  23. Claire says

    Because they’re specifically designed with all the ingredients that help encourage a mother’s milk supply.

    I don’t know about you but I’m a mammal, lactation is what happens when a baby is born.