• Victoria Bermudez

Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookie Recipe (Mega Batch!)

Updated: Mar 10

When I was newly postpartum and getting the hang of breastfeeding, I loved the idea of lactation cookies... not necessarily to boost my supply, but to have a quick source of calories and nutrition when I certainly did not have the time to prepare anything. The hunger in those days is indescribable but if you know, you know.


I contemplated ordering some or grabbing some at the store but since I love to bake, I quickly decided that I would save some money and make my own. For me, this was even a form of self-care and a wonderful way to feel just a little bit like myself again in a time of chaos and exhaustion. I would bake while the baby napped or enjoyed quality time with his dad. Occasionally, I would wear him in the stretchy wrap and bounce around the kitchen because sometimes duty calls, and babywearing sure is a great way to keep your baby calm and your hands free!


I often get asked to share my recipe, and so I'd love to share it here with hopes that other new moms will find joy in baking (& eating) these delicious, calorie-dense, and maybe even milk supply-boosting treats*! Even if you're not breastfeeding- pregnancy, childbirth, and adjusting to new mom life is hard on a body and these are an amazing quick treat with nourishing ingredients.


Heads up, this recipe makes a lot of cookies. I like to eat some when they're fresh and then keep the rest in the freezer and grab a few at a time. If you don't want to make a ton, I suggest cutting the recipe in half.


It is very important for me to state that I found a recipe on Pinterest, and made some changes after a few batches. Since then I've just kept my version the recipe in a document on my computer and I can't even find the old one anymore. If this recipe looks to be adapted from one you published, please reach out to me- I am so happy to give you credit (and say thanks!). I do not claim to be the original owner, but I do wish to share with my own audience so that more moms can benefit!



Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 10 minutes - Total Time: 20 minutes - Yield: 48+

Ingredients

· ¼ cup water

· ¼ cup flaxseed meal

· 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

· 1 cup brown sugar

· ½ cup granulated sugar

· 2 large eggs

· 2 tsp vanilla extract

· 2 cups all-purpose flour

· ¼ cup brewer’s yeast

· 1 tsp baking soda

· ½ tsp baking powder

· 1 tsp ground cinnamon

· 3 cup old fashioned rolled oats

· 1 cup shredded coconut

· 1 cup chocolate chips


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. In a small bowl, stir the flax and water, set aside.

3. In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla on high until fluffy and creamy.

4. Mix in the flax mixture, flour, yeast, baking soda and powder, and cinnamon on low until just incorporated.

5. Fold in the oats, chocolate chips, and coconut until just incorporated.

6. Scoop onto rounded mounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

7. Bake for 9-12 minutes at 350 until the edges are lightly brown and tops are no longer shiny- remove and allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from the baking sheet to finish cooling on a rack.

8. Store in a covered container, or in the freezer. Thaw for about 5 minutes before eating, or just enjoy frozen.


If you're having trouble finding any ingredients, I have had to leave out something a time or two and they still came out great. I can vouch that the brewer's yeast, cinnamon, & coconut are optional and you can still make a great cookie without them if absolutely necessary.


*Please know that there is no cookie in the world that will replace a skilled professional. A well-nourished body will function better for both the mother and baby, but true supply issues should be evaluated and corrected to protect your baby's food supply. Please seek the help of an IBCLC or someone else qualified to help and support you if you feel your supply is low.


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