Lactation Biscuits — for increasing your milk supply

Wilkie weighed 3.8 kilos at birth (a big, tall baby!), and after the initial weight loss that most newborns experience, it took him nearly three weeks to put back on his birth weight. The midwives weren’t overly concerned, especially knowing I had successfully breastfed four other babies, but they did start suggesting natural ways to boost my milk supply.

The first and most important thing they said is just to eat more — to increase my calorie intake by at least 1,000 calories. They suggested eating foods that are high in good fats — things like full fat milks, cheeses, yoghurts, butter, oils, etc. They also suggested oats, fennel seeds, almonds, and fenugreek (which you can take in tablet form).

My friend Cara sent me the below recipe for lactation biscuits (the main milk-boosting ingredients being oats, flaxseeds and brewer’s yeast), and I have now made two batches of these tasty cookies. They are delicious, and I swear they really do the trick! I love having a jar of cookies on the kitchen counter to remind me to eat more calories, and if there was ever a great excuse to eat chocolate chip cookies, this is the one!  Here is the recipe:

Housepoet’s Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed cookies:


-1 cup butter
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup brown sugar
-4 tablespoons water
-2-3 tablespoons flaxseed meal* (be generous)
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
-1 cup or more chocolate chips (you can also substitute dried fruit — raisins, chopped dates, dried figs, etc. We like to mix fruit and chocolate for an extra yummy cookie)
-2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)


Preheat oven at 375° F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream beat well) butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or silpat. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.

Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

Serves: 6 dozen cookies

*can be found at any local health food store.


Comments (9)

April 21, 2017

they look delicious, but I would have to hide them form the kids…..otherwise these would be gone in a minute

April 21, 2017

I had mastitis when my daughter was 3 weeks old which caused me supply problems. I was given the same recipe and it worked a treat. Highly recommend – delicious and effective!

Anna Cohen
April 21, 2017

I breastfed all my three and all mine were very tall and lean. I used a powerful combo of fenugreek tablets, omega 3, Evening Primrose Oil, fish oil and cookies and raw protein balls filled with brewers yeast. Always good to check your pre-natal and breastfeeding vitamins as they can contain some of these as well. I also gave up dairy and gluten, I found that helped make my milk richer?

Emily McConnell
April 21, 2017

I’m also in Australia, to boost supply my LC suggested “herbs of gold” brand lactation support vitamins. It’s a combination (predominantly fenugreek). My LC suggested taking twice the dosage on the bottle and I noticed an improvement in one day. Highly recommended

April 21, 2017

They look delicious!
When I had troubles breastfeeding my first, activated fenugreek tablets did help a lot.

April 22, 2017

They look good! Thank you for sharing.
The brand Weleda has a very nice tea that also helps to boost breastmilk production. I drank liters of it when breastfeeding my daughter and was able to nurse her until she was 13 months old (because I decided I wanted to stop, otherwise, could have continued for a little while).
I didn’t have the tea with my two older boys and I didn’t have as much milk as with her.
Now with my last baby, I’ve been drinking liters again, starting even before he was born, and it’s helping a lot.

Courtney in Australia
April 22, 2017

Hi Daniela,
What a coincidence! My local pharmacist just recommended this Weleda tea. I must go back and get it! (I was thinking I would stick to the fenugreek tablets, but I like the idea of this tea as well.) Thank you! x

April 22, 2017

Thank you for posting this recipe! I just made a batch using chocolate chips and dried cherries. I’ve tried several lactation cookie recipes and these are perfection.

April 23, 2017

Many Asian ways too you should look up. Not all of them nice tasting and smelling I must say but they do work!! Korean seaweed soup and Chinese fish head soup really made a difference for me.

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