Lactation cookies for new mamas

When a friend or family member has a newborn baby, I’m always excited to stop by and take them a meal or some snacks and goodies. Some of my favorite baby meals are here, and here are two items that usually make an appearance: Mother’s Milk tea and lactation cookies.

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When Liv was first born, Heather sent us a beautiful package with homemade goodies and these lactation cookies. They were EVERYTHING. I was already doing everything in my power to boost milk supply, and to have a snack, that I didn’t have to make, was all that my sleep-deprived face could wish for. I remember shoving a cookie in my mouth, starving and exhausted, and feeling so thankful to my blog buddy for sending such a wonderful gift. 

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Since then, they’ve been my go-to for friends and relatives with new babies. They’re packed with healthy fats (awesome for creating thick, nutritious milk), oats, and Brewer’s yeast to promote production. Oh, and they have chocolate. I jokingly offered some to Tom. He winked, took a bite, and squeezed his chest. 

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Over time I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, and many of my Instagram friends have asked me to post the updated recipe. I decreased the butter content so they would hold together a little more, and also added hemp seeds, which give an awesome texture and extra boost of healthy fats.

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to surprise a mama friend, or make them for yourself!


Lactation cookies
A sweet and nutritious cookie with ingredients that could help boost milk supply. If anything, they taste delicious.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 2 cups of old-fashioned oats (for gluten-free, use certified gluten-free oats)
  2. 1 cup almond meal
  3. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  4. 2 tablespoons Brewer's yeast (optional)
  5. 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking sode
  8. 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. pinch of sea salt
  11. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  12. 1 egg
  13. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  14. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease two standard cookie sheets with olive oil or nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond meal, chia, Brewer's yeast (if using), hemp seeds, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the maple syrup, egg, butter and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Using a tablespoon or melon ball scooper, making cookie shapes onto the cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes until set. Allow to cool completely before wrapping up to give to a mom friend, or store in the freezer as an awesome snack.
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