So excited to finally share the lactation cookie recipe that my sister Adria has been using for FOREVER. She has been making them for friends, herself, and now me!
When she made these for herself after her baby I would always eat 5-6 at a time. They are sooo good and somehow always stay chewy and soft.
When I had Miller, my sister made me two huge batches and I went through them so fast! You can just put them in the freezer to keep them good forever.
Oh, and they are obviously Emmy (my niece) approved!
Why lactation cookies? Do they work?
Lactation cookies are a MUST! They are amazing for so many reasons:
1.They help bring in your milk supply faster.
2.They help maintain & boost your milk supply.
3.They help with your postpartum hormones.
4.They help with your fatigue.
Here is a snippet from Parenting.com about why the ingredients in lactation cookies ACTUALLY WORK:
- Brewer’s yeast, most commonly known for its use in the production of beer, contains iron, protein, B vitamins, chromium, selenium and various other trace minerals. Not only does it promote milk supply, it is believed to help with fatigue and the “baby blues.”
- Wheat germ is beneficial because it contains zinc, which is a must for breastfeeding. Zinc aids the immune system and even helps to protect cracked nipples, a common occurrence when breastfeeding. Like brewer’s yeast, it is also believed to help with postpartum depression.
- Oats are another must for breastfeeding mothers. They are high in fiber and full of iron, protein and complex carbohydrates. Low levels of iron in the body can actually reduce milk supply.
- Flaxseed has good fats and enzymes, which are important for increasing the content of breast milk.
I am 100% convinced they worked to bring in my milk supply faster and I liked knowing I was eating something with ‘good fats’ that Miller needed. Plus, they are delicious.
GUILT FREE COOKIES? YES PLEASE!! No one can chastise you for eating too many cookies when they are lactation cookies=fact!
The Best Lactation Cookie Recipe
This requires a lot of work and materials, but it makes TONS of cookies so you will probably only need to make them once!
PS- as a sweet gesture, you could always bring these over to friends who just had a baby too!
- 1cup butter
- 1cup sugar
- 1cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 4tablespoons water
- 2tablespoons flax seed meal
- 1teaspoon vanilla
- 3cups flour
- 1teaspoon baking soda
- 1teaspoon salt
- 3cups oats
- 1cup chocolate chips
- 2 -4tablespoons brewer’s yeast (grab it on Amazon)- any dry active yeast works and you can grab that at any grocery store but it doesn’t have the same ingredients that you need for lactation!
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
- Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
- Add eggs and mix well.
- Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
- Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
- Stir in oats and chips.
- Scoop onto baking sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.
*recipe from Genius Kitchen
Photios by adrialea.com