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A Hand at Home’s World Famous Lactation Cookies

Okay. Maybe not world famous. But they’re famous in some circles. AND they’re pretty darn good if you ask me. Whenever I make a batch I have to leave some home for my husband to snack on. And yes, they are safe for non-breastfeeding humans to eat. You will not start leaking milk from your nipples if you taste one.

The recipe below makes about 48 cookies. Some people think that’s too many cookies. Feel free to halve the recipe, but DO NOT leave out the flax seed meal or brewers yeast. These are crucial ingredients for milk production and can be found at stores like Whole Foods or on Amazon.

Make these for yourself or for someone who has just had a baby and is breastfeeding! For more ideas on meals to make for a new mom, see some of my staples here.


A Hand at Home’s World Famous Lactation Cookies 

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes


1 cup butter
1 cup sugar (feel free to add less, they are pretty sweet)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats (old fashioned oats or steel cut oats make for a different texture)
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, sugar, and brown sugar well.
4. Add eggs and mix well.
5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat together.
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.
10. Bake for 12 minutes.
11. Let set for a couple minutes then move to cooling rack.


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