Lactation Cookies: Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!

Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!)

Ok- I admit this may be the weirdest cookie I’ve posted on The Baker Chick. I am aware that this recipe may only be appealing to a very specific demographic, but rather than emailing the recipe out with all my notes scribbled in, I figured this is my blog and I’ll post breastfeeding cookies if I want to!! (Last week was breastfeeding awareness month so there ya go.)

A dear friend of mine has been working to up her milk supply and so I thought I’d bake her up a special batch of delicious, chewy, oatmeal, chocolate chip & butterscotch cookies that happen to have a few ingredients that help boost supply: Oatmeal, flax meal (easy to find,) and brewers yeast (harder to find but I bought a huge jar from Amazon.)

Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!)

These cookies taste awesome and the extra ingredients don’t seem to make much of a difference flavor-wise. Of all the ways to help a new Mama boost her supply- this has to be the most delicious. I of course added some flaky sea salt on top which made them even better!

A funny story is that I posted on my local Mom’s group that I had a bunch of extra lactation cookies hanging around in case anyone needed some. Turns out lots of them did and 3 Mamas came over to pick them up- some even offering to pay me. (Black market lactation cookie business anyone?)

Now- I have to say that I don’t necessarily need any help in the milk-making department, but I did have 3 of these cookies and they definitely made a difference! I think they totally work. I have a new special gift to send my new nursing Mama friends. (Though if the new Dads like these cookies as much as Andy did I may need to send extras!)

And if you made it this far- here is a bonus baby picture! :D

When should you eat lactation cookies?

You should start making/eating lactation cookies as soon as baby is born! I suggest baking them ahead of time and keeping the dough frozen until ready to bake. Or better yet- bake the cookies and store them frozen. I love these straight out of the freezer.

They are perfect to establish a milk supply or to give your supply a boost whenever you need it. 


Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Butterscotch)

Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Butterscotch)

Yield: 3 dozen cookies


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brewers yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups old- fashioned oats
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • Sea Salt for sprinkling, optional


  1. In a small bowl stir together the flax and water. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg, yolk and vanilla and beat on high until creamy. Stir in the flax mixture.
  3. Sprinkle the flour, brewers yeast, soda, powder, and salt over the butter mixture and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Fold in the oats, chocolate chips and butterscotch.
  4. Scoop dough into rounded mounds and place a cookie sheet. Use your fingers to flatten the rounds slightly. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden.


Don't skip the oats, brewers yeast or flax- those are the ingredients that help with lactation!Recipe adapted from: All Recipes

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. These cookies are sooo good. I love the addition of the butterscotch! I definitely would recommend leaving out the word lactation when your husband asks what kind of cookies these are. It’s way funnier to wait until he has eaten ten then tell him they increase your milk supply.

  2. I love this! I just had a baby 2 weeks ago and have lots of friends who are expecting or already welcomed their little one this year. I will definitely give these a try for my own personal stash and for other mama friends. What mama doesn’t love a sweet treat that helps with lactation too? :) those long nights call for some extra sugar! Congrats on your adorable baby!

  3. Hahah this post is awesome. You should totally start an underground lactation cookie company :) I can’t wait to (one day) try these cookies out. They look delicious and what a fun excuse to eat cookies!

  4. oh my gawd, I love these! I totally needed these when I was breastfeeding. My supply sucked and my Korean mom did everything humanly possible to try to make my milk production better. . but nothing seemed to work. and you don’t want to know what she was feeding me. . and Hugo is a doll!

  5. Audra, these look delicious! I tried a couple other recipes for lactation cookies a few months ago as a new mama and the results were just ok. I love butterscotch oatmeal cookies, I cant wait to give these a try!

  6. That’s so funny you posted these because my friend just made me some and sent them to me in the NICU with my 38 +3 week corrected preemie. Unfortunately my supply stinks and these aren’t helping BUT I’m hoping if I devour just a bunch at once it will make a difference! Thanks for bringing these to the light for everybody who doesn’t know about them!

  7. Hi Audra – congratulations on Fiona! I had a baby girl Abby on March 21st. I’m hoping to make these cookies this weekend for myself and for my new Mom’s nursing group. I’m meeting them in Monday. :). What size cookie scoop should I use to bake? The really big one or the ‘tablespoon’ – medium’ sized one?

  8. Can’t comment on supply boost or not, but I’ve just finished baking a batch and eaten one. Delicious!!! Definitely going to be making more.

  9. These also work really well as cookie bars if you don’t have the time or patience to take multiple trays out of the oven. I had them last time with my daughter and plan to make some later today, new baby willing.

  10. I LOVE these cookies! I had made sooo many batches and froze them for after baby came with my two kiddos! Any suggestions for a GF substitution of the AP flour? After my second kiddos I got diagnosed with hashimotos so gluten is not longer a friend of mine, sadly!

  11. This recipe is great/I’ve made them quite a few times now. Word of caution, this dough is super stiff and gave my KitchenAid and my mixing hand a workout! I would give this one 5 stars.

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