Delicious No-Bake Lactation Cookies

Early on after Bugaboo was born, I was researching foods to eat to help milk supply.  We were having trouble nursing, I was looking at exclusively pumping, and I wanted to increase supply.  One of the most commonly mentioned foods is oatmeal.  It was summer, and I wasn’t wanting to have a bowl of oatmeal with every breakfast, so I thought to make my favorite no-bake cookies.

Increase Milk Supply Naturally

One of the recommendations I received from two lactation consultants was to take fenugreek to help my milk supply come in.  Although fenugreek is an herb and not a prescription drug, I was very hesitant to start taking supplements.  The sheer volume of the herb required to make a difference steered me away.  In addition, there were some strange side effects associated with it, like smelling like maple syrup.  One of the lactation consultants even suggested that the fenugreek only serves to lower the baby’s blood sugar, which in turn causes her to eat more, and that was the real reason it benefited milk supply.

I was looking for more natural ways to increase milk supply than downing 12 pills a day.  I was willing to eat lactation food, because that is a natural way to get nutrients.  But I didn’t want to supplement.  When I went to the Breastfeeding Support Group, they handed out a recipe for lactation cookies that appeared to be no-bake cookies.  However, they were full of weird ingredients like flax seed and brewer’s yeast.  Unwilling to go searching for these special ingredients, I contented myself to getting a little extra oatmeal from the regular cookies.

When Bugaboo was about six months old, my supply decreased dramatically.  I would pump and pump and only get an ounce of milk (if that) to give her.  It was so frustrating.  At the same time, a friend was hosting a “Milk and Cookie” baby shower for an expectant friend.  The idea behind the shower is to donate breast milk or make lactation cookies for the soon to be new mom.  Given the nature of the party, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase all the extra ingredients I had seen in the lactation cookies before.  And, of course, I made a sample batch for myself!

Are They Effective?

Not only were the lactation cookies delicious, my milk supply noticeably increased!  I was so happy, this became a staple for the next six months, until Bugaboo weaned.  Even now, having made a batch for photos, I can feel a difference in the amount of milk I am producing for Bugaboo when she nurses, as she sometimes still does.  Perhaps there is a placebo effect, or perhaps I was just drinking a lot more water.  But they do work!  Give the following recipe a try and see how they work for you.

The Science

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a good source of iron.  Having anemia, or low iron, can potentially depress your milk supply.  So adding a natural source of iron to your diet can help increase your milk.  In addition, oatmeal can help lower cholesterol, which is a common denominator among foods that are known to increase milk supply.  In addition, it is a high fiber food that will help you keep full and energized, which can help your body relax for a bit and focus on producing milk.

Flaxseed

Flax seeds are believed to increase milk supply.  They contain fatty acids that help build up the content of your milk.  In addition to cooking with them, you can sprinkle them in your oatmeal, on top of your yogurt, or on a salad.  Essentially, you can find ways to sneak flaxseed into your diet in lots of ways.

Brewer’s Yeast

Perhaps the hardest item to find is Brewer’s Yeast.  However, as a supplement, it is also one of the most nutritious.  It is high in protein, iron, and B Vitamins which will help give you energy.  In addition to helping milk supply, it can give you more energy and help your mood.  Like oatmeal, if you are in a better mood and more relaxed, your milk supply might increase.

Coconut Oil

As a breastfeeding mom, you need to eat fat – good fats like avocado and milk.  Coconut oil is another healthy fat you can add to your diet.  In addition to adding fat to your breastmilk to help bulk up your baby, the fat from coconut oil can support your baby’s immune system.

In addition to helping with milk supply, coconut oil is a great staple to keep in your house when you have a new baby.  Put it on your nipples after nursing to decrease pain.  Rub baby down with it at night – she is less likely to develop a reaction to the gentle coconut oil compared to manufactured lotions.  If your baby has a diaper rash, first put some coconut oil on it to help with the healing, then put Destin or another blocker on to keep the diaper area dry.

Peanut Butter

Like coconut oil, peanut butter is fatty in a good way.  It is full of protein.  My favorite thing about peanut butter, though, is that it is made from peanuts!  We want to do everything we can to help our children avoid developing food allergies.  They are a very real concern these days.  Although in the course of even a few short years the official guidance has changed, the current stance by doctors is to expose your baby to potential allergens early and often.  Introducing these potential allergens to your children through the use of breastmilk is a great way to get that process started.

The Recipe

Yields about 50 cookies.

There are many recipes for lactation cookies out there – I have taken components of some and modified them, so the recipe as outlined below is my own.

Make a batch for yourself as a new mom.  Better yet, make a batch or two to freeze before you deliver the baby.  If you are not a new or breastfeeding mom, use this recipe to make cookies for other new moms when you are delivering them meals.  I am sure they will appreciate it!

Ingredients

You can find all the ingredients for these lactation cookies at Aldi or your favorite grocery store, except the Brewer’s Yeast.  You can find it at a local health food store, such as Fruitful Yield, or you can buy from Amazon with free shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member.  If you are not, start your 30-day free trial here.

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk (you can substitute almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup butter (you can substitute coconut oil)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 cups oats
  • 1 cup flax seed
  • 6 Tbsp. Brewer’s Yeast
  • Wax paper

Instructions

Set out wax paper on cookie sheets or your counter – you will likely need about 4 cookie sheet lengths of wax paper.  In a large bowl, toss or stir the oats, flax seed, and Brewer’s Yeast together.  Add the sugar, cocoa, milk, coconut oil, and butter to a large pot.  Bring the ingredients to a boil, stirring often.  Boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.  Turn off the heat.  Mix in the peanut butter and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients (the oats mixture) and stir.  Drop spoonfuls of the lactation cookie mixture onto your wax paper.  Allow to cool for at least an hour.

If you like, you can store in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.  I like to store mine in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories – 177

Carbs – 22.5 grams

Protein – 4.8 grams

Fat – 8.3 grams

Other Lactation Cookie Recipes

I just love the no bake lactation cookies, but there are a few variations on the lactation cookie that you might want to try out.  Here are a few:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookie from Genius Kitchen

No Bake Lactation Bites from The Baker Mama

Boobie Bars from Amazon.com – save yourself the time and effort of baking lactation cookies yourself.  If you have a newborn, you don’t need to worry about making a mess in the kitchen.

What’s your favorite go-to lactation recipe?

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2 Comments

  • Nikki September 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm Reply

    These look super yummy ❤️

    • admin September 7, 2018 at 6:58 pm Reply

      They are!

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