Increase Your Milk Supply :: Ultimate Lactation Cookie Recipe

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Increase Your Milk Supply Ultimate Lactation Cookie Recipe

When my son was born, I made a commitment to myself to try my best to breastfeed him for a year. In the beginning, it was easy (well, relatively speaking). We had a few latching issues, along with super sore nipples, but I persevered through until we found our stride … even if it did involve a few a lot of tears.

Fast-forward five months. I was still exclusively breastfeeding my son and back at work full time. I had settled into a comfortable routine of pumping during the day and feeding my son at the breast while home. Baby was happy. Life was good. My supply was plentiful.

Then I hit a snag. A snag in the form of a “monthly visitor.”

All of a sudden, my supply plummeted and I wondered if it was the end of our nursing relationship. I frantically searched the Internet for ways to increase breastmilk production and ran across the all-so-mighty lactation cookie. Why had I never heard of this little lifesaver before?

I have to admit, at first glance it looked a little daunting. Brewer’s yeast? Flaxseed meal? Making cookies from scratch and not a box? I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. But I was desperate and willing to give it a try. I printed off the recipe and headed to Whole Foods to collect all the not-so-common ingredients. I rushed home, put the baby to bed, pulled out my mixing bowl and cookie sheets, and was ready to go!

The recipe was surprisingly easy … the clean-up, not so much. But as I watched the cookies rise from the heat in the oven, so did my expectations of what they could do.

And you know what? They did not disappoint!

I went from pumping 2 oz per breast to 5 oz per breast in LESS THAN 48 HOURS. It was amazing, my fears were calmed, and this little recipe became a regular part of my kitchen routine every 3-4 weeks.

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Seriously. This happened. Over several days of pumping.

And the great thing is, they are actually REALLY GOOD. As in, I couldn’t wait to eat them, had a hard time limiting myself to a reasonable amount, and even my husband thought they were delicious (when he unexpectedly thought I was just “baking cookies” and not a concoction to increase breastmilk supply … although rest assured, they are safe for people who are not lactating. No worries about engorged breasts or sudden leaking boobs from anyone partaking. But you do want to make it clear to anyone in your household their purpose. And trust me, once you mention the words “increase breastmilk production, supply, etc.,” no one will want to get within 10 feet of them in fear of what they could possibly do to them!).

Super Milk Boosting Lactation Cookies

There are LOTS of recipes you can find out there on the Internet for lactation cookies (aka Mother’s Milk Cookies) but this is my personal favorite, mainly because it includes a larger quantity of the three milk boosting ingredients — flaxseed, thick cut oaks and brewer’s yeast — than any of the others I came across. (Go big, or go home … right?) And you can add in some fenugreek, an herb used for increasing milk supply (found in capsule form at places like Vitamin Shoppe), for even more of a powerful punch.

I have to admit, I didn’t have a lot of these ingredients freely on hand (except raisins and fenugreek). All ingredients (excluding fenugreek) I was able to find at Whole Foods, but it did cost me upwards of $50+. But rest assured, this is a hefty initial investment and making cookies moving forward will not be as costly since brewer’s yeast, flaxseed meal, baking soda and other ingredients will not have to be purchased again (I made cookies for 2 years and did not have to purchase these ingredients but one time). So prepare for your visit, and keep in mind the investment you are making to boost your supply that will feed your baby for many days, months, years to come.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (preferably with olive oil or flaxseed oil), softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup organic brown sugar
4 tbsp of water
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
2 large, omega 3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups of thick cut oats
1 cup of raisins
4 tbsp of brewer’s yeast (this is the main ingredient for milk production)
9 fenugreek capsules (empty capsules and discard)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix flaxseed meal and water, set aside. Sift together dry ingredients (flour, brewer’s yeast, salt, soda and fenugreek), set aside. Blend butter and sugars well. Blend in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flaxseed mix and vanilla, mix well. Add dry mixture in three equal parts. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop on baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Once cooled, package 5 cookies into a Ziploc bag as an easy way to keep track of your daily intact. Try to space out eating cookies throughout the day (one for breakfast, one for mid-morning snack, one at lunch, one for mid-afternoon snack, one at dinner). Enjoy!

Seriously ... these are AMAZING (taste-wise and milk producing-wise)
These are AMAZING (taste-wise and milk producing-wise)

Words of Encouragement:

I hope you find this recipe as beneficial as I have. Fast forward 3 years later and my son is still breastfeeding at 3 1/2 years. Controversial? Maybe to some people. But to me, I am providing my son with important nutrients only mama can provide (even if it’s for a few minutes before bedtime and upon waking up at this point). For you? Make the best decision that works well for you and your family. And equip yourself with information and tools to maximize your breastfeeding experience.

You got this mama!

Got a great recipe or another method that has worked well for increasing your milk supply? Share in comments!

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Tiffany traded in back-to-back business meetings and PowerPoint presentations, for sippy cups and play dates – leaving her corporate job behind to become a stay at home mom to her 16-month-old toddler. To say life is different is an understatement, and she now has a new found love and respect for the “hardest” (and best!) job she’s ever had. A native South Carolinian, Tiffany is best described as kind-hearted and friendly, with a quick sense of humor. When she’s not toting her little one around town to the latest kid friendly activity, you can find her enjoying a latte at Drip, catching up on the latest celebrity gossip magazines, or watching old reruns of Beverly Hills 90210 from the early 90′s. She received her Masters Degree in Integrated Communications from the University of South Carolina in 2007, and enjoys reading, writing and all things "mom."

137 COMMENTS

  1. When you say you started to produce 5 oz per breast…was that between feelings, or while you were at work in place of one? I started eating the cookies yesterday and I pumped about 7oz total while the baby was drinking a bottle of expressed breastmilk, but I’m still only pumping 4 oz total between feedings.

    • That was between feedings while I was in the workplace. I pumped 3 times a day while I was at work during a 9 hour period.

  2. I skipped the ground flaxseed in my recipe Bc I didn’t have it on hand. Will I still notice a difference with increasing my supply?

    • The Brewer’s Yeast and Oats are milk boosters, so I would think you would still see and an increase. Keep us posted!

  3. My milk supply has been dwindling over the last month, making for a fussy baby who I couldn’t get to supplement with an occasional bottle for the life of me! I started drinking milk maid tea like clockwork and bought some of the milk makers cookies ($20 for a bag of 10 and I had to keep buying!!). That regimen was helping me to produce JUST enough to keep my baby happy but still not enough to start building up a supply again. I just made a batch of these cookies (followed your recipe but did raisins AND a sprinkle of chocolate chips and it yielded 30 cookies) and fresh out of the oven they taste amazing! So much better than the milk makers ones and those don’t even have brewers yeast in them. I had a hard time sticking to just one.

    I’m really hopeful that this will help me produce more milk in a couple days! I’ve had to supplement with formula for the last week since seeing my son’s pediatrician and being told his weight had plateaued and my frozen supply is gone already. My little man has NOT been happy about that and fights the bottle. Keeping my fingers crossed for good results! Thanks for the recipe!

    • So glad you enjoy the taste and hope they produce results! Keep us updated! I kept a steady regimen of these cookies, mother’s milk tea, fenugreek, and oats for breakfast each morning to keep my supply plentiful, and went on to breastfeed my son until he was 3 1/2! (Actually, he still tries to latch on now at just over 4 years old!) I definitely experienced my fair share of supply lows and worry I would not be able to produce enough milk, but it all worked out in the end. Best of luck mama!

      • Did you take fenugreek on top of the 5 cookies a day? If so how much? And how often did you drink the mothers milk tea (box says 1-3 cups daily)? I don’t want to over do it.. I made the cookies and they definitely help. Better than my old regime, but I wasn’t consistent with the 3 cups of tea during the day while eating the cookies because I want sure if I should or not, and i still had to supplement at least 1 bottle a day. I’m hoping to get back to not having to supplement..

        • I did take fenugreek on top of this. Since the tablets are dispersed in the cookies, the volume is not equal to what taking daily fenugreek capsules would be like. I took 3 fenugreek tabs, three times a day. As always, I would encourage you do talk with your doctor, research, and make an informed decision. I also drank mother’s milk tea, three cups, three times a day. This worked for me. Best of luck to you mama!

  4. Just have to say I love these cookies, will even continue eatin after I’m not longer pumping. I so time substitute the raising for white chocolate chips and coconut tho. I also add in an extra tbs of Brewers east and two extra fenugreek capsules. These have saved my butt so many times. I will got from literally pumping 2 ounces from both sides every 4 hours 🙁 to a day of eating these and I’m able to pump 4 ounces every 2 hours. Absolutely love your recipe and so thankful for finding it!!!

  5. Hi, I just made them today and was wondering did you have to eat these cookies everyday? Or did you eat them for a week and then how often? Thank you, the cookies are yummy!

    • Glad you are enjoying the cookies! Usually I made a batch once a month when I noticed a dip in my supply. I would divide my batch into 5 cookies a day and eat those until they were gone (usually lasting about a week). I would try to divide the five cookies up evenly throughout the day.

  6. Can I used this recipe without the yeast as its extremely hard to find and its going to take a while for what I ordered to get to me?

    • The Brewer’s Yeast is one of the three key ingredients. There should be some effectiveness with the other two ingredients present, but I would recommend ordering the Brewer’s Yeast. While you’re waiting for it to come in, it probably wouldn’t hurt to eat the cookies without it. But definitely get the Brewer’s Yeast. You should be able to find it on Amazon.

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