Even on the longest of days, this simple Lactation Cookie recipe is packed with nutritious stuff to help nursing moms keep going strong—and they’re So Darn Delicious. You can also make them ahead and store them in the refrigerator or freezer for a one-handed snack that’s ready when you are.
How do Lactation Cookies work, and what are they?
Lactation Cookies are a type of cookie that is said to help nursing mothers increase their milk production. The ingredients in the cookies are all natural and work together to help with lactation.
Oats – Oats are a galactagogue, which means they help promote lactation. They are also a good source of fiber, which can help with digestion.
Flaxseed – Flaxseed is also a galactagogue and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain development in babies.
Brewer’s Yeast – Brewer’s yeast is a type of yeast that is often used in baking. It is a good source of B-vitamins, which can help with energy levels. It is also a galactagogue.
Chocolate – Chocolate contains compounds that can help relax the body and increase milk production.
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until well combined.
5. Stir in chocolate chips, flaxseed meal, and brewer’s yeast.
6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown and set.
8. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
There are a few key ingredients in these cookies that help with lactation. Oats, flaxseed, and brewer’s yeast are all galactagogues, which means they help promote lactation. Chocolate is also a good ingredient to include in lactation cookies because it contains compounds that can help relax the body and increase milk production.
This recipe is for a classic chocolate chip cookie, but you can also experiment with other flavors. Some good ideas include adding in dried fruit, nuts, or even spices like cinnamon or ginger. If you’re not a fan of chocolate chips, you can use white chocolate chips or even peanut butter chips.
No matter what ingredients you choose, these Lactation Cookies are a delicious and nutritious snack for nursing mothers. They’re easy to make, and you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick and easy snack that’s ready when you are.