Holiday Lactation Cookie Recipe

‘Tis the season for celebrations with family and friends, gifts, a renewed appreciation for elastic waistbands, and unfortunately, stress. Stress is the number one reason breast milk supply will decrease. And hopefully you’re going to have a wonderful, rejuvenating visit with the in-laws -- but if you need a little boost (or you just like cookies), lactation cookies can help! This is a great activity to do as a family and these sweet treats can also help support your breast milk supply.

Do you already have a cookie recipe you just love? Great! There’s no need to reinvent the wheel -- check out the list below and see if you can add in some of the ingredients to help boost your breast milk supply.

  1. Oatmeal
  2. Brewer’s Yeast
  3. Fenugreek Seeds
  4. Dried Apricots, Figs and Dates
  5. Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil
  6. Flaxseed, Flaxseed Oil
  7. Wheat Germ
  8. Chia Seeds

If you don’t have a go-to recipe you want to modify, check out this lactation cookie recipe with a holiday twist from Baby Chick.


  • 2 cups of butter
  • 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of brewer’s yeast
  • 1/4 cup of milled flax seed
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Let 2 cups of butter reach room temperature. Combine butter and 1 1/4 cup of brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) of vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Add 2 cups of oats, 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon (or more) of cinnamon, 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast, and 1/4 cup milled flax seed to the mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
  5. Finally, add no more than 2 cups total of mix-ins of your choice. We used 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Other options include shredded coconut, raisins, and other dried fruits like apricots.
  6. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool, and then enjoy!

Pro tip: make a double batch so you’ll have extra dough to freeze. It’s nice to be able to just pop a few cookies in the oven so you can enjoy them later, especially if you notice a drop in your milk supply. Happy holidays, mamas!

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