Milk Making Cookie Recipe: Enjoy Your Own Homemade Lactation Cookies

Can cookies really help increase your supply of breastmilk?  Although scientists can’t prove it, most mothers find that oatmeal, flaxseed and brewers yeast help increase their production of breastmilk.  Since these key milk making ingredients are all in this lactation cookie recipe, (plus chocolate) there’s a good chance they’ll work for you!   (Fenugreek is an herb that is proven to be effective as well.)
There are two companies selling these little milk making cookies for a small fortune, but you can make them using the homemade lactation cookie recipe with the same success.  I did tweak a few of the ingredients to make them only slightly healthier, but they still have more than enough fat and sugar to make you want to wolf them down by the dozen.

Homemade Milk Making Cookie Recipe
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry four
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 -4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast


1.             Preheat oven to 350°.

2.             Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.

3.             Beat butter, oil, sugar, and brown sugar well.

4.             Add eggs and mix well.

5.             Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.

6.             Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.

7.             Add dry ingredients to butter mix.

8.             Stir in oats and chips.

9.             Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.


  1. When I went back to work in May my supply tanked (I was pumping 3 times a day at work). I made some lactation cookies and they were delicious (even my husband ate some not knowing what they were).

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been pumping like crazy for a vacation and needed to up my supply to make sure I got enough. These really helped!

  3. i just made these for a friend who had her baby last week and they’re delicious! they also increased my supply so i’m definitely hanging on to this recipe for future use!

  4. Has anyone tried the recipe using whole wheat flour? Did it turn out the same?

  5. I tried a similar recipe with whole wheat. I’ve noticed that the similarites are the flax seed the oats and the brewers yeast. I only just made them this afternoon but I noticed a slight increase only an hour after eating a few. I was so upset after having mirena inplanted because they told me there would be a slight drop and they were right I went from pumping 5 oz in the morning to pumping 3. So I made 6 dozen cookies and have downed 3 cups of mothers milk tea. Hopefully these fix and prevent anymore dipping. They have shown a lot of promise…

  6. Im not totally sure if they work or not, I make them whenever I feel like a need a milk pick me up. Regardless if they work or not they are delicious and a semi healthy cookie. Who could ask for more!?

  7. I didn’t care for the taste of these cookies. The half cup of cooking oil made them taste oily.

  8. I did some research and found a good website with two recipes. I made the one with the peanutbutter and the chocolate chips Major Milk Makin’ Cookies. They were tasty.

  9. I am finding that these are spreading more than the usual cookie. They taste yummy but they aren’t as fluffy like I would like them to be

  10. Marie,
    You could certainly experiment going for a fluffier cookie by adding an extra 1/2 tsp. baking powder and perhaps a 1/4 cup flour. Let me know if you have better results and I’ll update the recipe!

  11. i Just made these tonight and they are yummy! I used coconut oil and they are thin golden brown crispy with a chewy center bites of deliciousness. I would definatley recommend using coconut oil instead of cooking oil. I haven’t noticed a increase yet but I did just finish eating 3 of them.

  12. Jennifer says

    Ok…..I’m so confused on brewers yeast it’s not even funny! I got some brewers yeast from a friend that makes his own beer but it says that it’s dry ale yeast. Will thus work?

  13. Jennifer, I get my brewers yeast from the local health food store, but I imagine any brewers yeast – even dry ale yeast – would work. This is an educated guess based on the fact that if I drink a craft beer of any brew (ale, amber, lager, whatever) I produce a little more milk than if I just had water.

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