Easy, no-bake lactation cookies are great for new moms on their breastfeeding journey. The helpful lactation cookies are easy to make and give you lots of great nutrients that can help with your milk supply. Not to mention they are a nice little snack that the whole family can enjoy.
Note: This post is not meant to replace medical advice. Please consult your physician before trying anything to increase your milk supply and to see if these are a good option for you.
While nursing, I struggled with my milk supply with both of my kids. Because they were both NICU babies, the entire NICU experience of being separated from my babies made my breastfeeding plans different than I had hoped.
I was desperate to increase my milk supply so I could still nurse my infants. While I firmly believe ‘fed is best’, I still wanted to see if I could increase my supply to give my babies the important nutrients they needed to be healthy.
To help increase my milk production, I made these delicious lactation cookies full of healthy Ingredients! They are easy to make and honestly a great treat that you may want to enjoy after you stop nursing. They are full of wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about eating!
What are lactation cookies?
No bake lactation cookies like these are to help give new moms essential nutrients that are needed and can help improve milk supply.
How Do Lactation Snacks Work?
Breast milk production is driven by prolactin, a hormone that’s released during nursing. Prolactin not only triggers the development of milk-secreting glands in the breast tissue, but it also increases the body’s sensitivity to another important milk-making hormone, called oxytocin.
Keeping your levels of prolactin elevated can make for more efficient milk production.
The best lactation cookie recipes are made with ingredients that provide prolactin and oxytocin to increase your supply. Brewers yeast, flax seed, oatmeal and honey are all great for lactation snacks to help you produce healthy breast milk for baby!
What key ingredients do I need to make lactation cookies?
- brewer’s yeast
- unsweetened cocoa
- peanut butter or other nut butter
What Supplies Will I Need for These Lactation Cookies?
- Mixing Bowl
- Small Pot
- Spoon for stirring
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
How to Make Easy No Bake Lactation Cookies
In a mixing bowl combine the oats, chopped walnuts, flaxseed, and brewer’s yeast. Set aside.
In a medium sized pot, heat the milk, butter, sugar, and cocoa over medium heat. Once it comes to a rolling boil, let it continue to boil for 1 minute. Then add the peanut butter and vanilla, and mix well.
Add the mixture from the pot to the dry ingredients and combine.
Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper and spoon the mixture onto the paper. One spoonful makes a great snack size.
Refrigerate for 1- 2 hours and enjoy!
Brewers Yeast For Lactation
Brewers yeast is great for any lactation cookies recipe to help increase your breastmilk supply. It naturally contains B vitamins including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and B-12 which are important in the production of breastmilk for your baby!
The best brewers yeast for lactation that I have found is Solgar Brewer’s Yeast Powder. It naturally contains 18 amino acids that can help promote an abundant milk supply. It’s unsweetened, dairy-free, and vegetarian.
How Much Brewer’s Yeast Should I For Lactation Cookies?
Brewer’s yeast is a nutritional yeast that can be found in most health food stores and some grocery stores. The dosage for lactation cookies will vary depending on the brand of brewers yeast you purchase.
For these peanut butter lactation cookies we’re using six tablespoons of high-quality brewers yeast.
How can you make a no bake cookie harden?
Put your no-bake cookies into the fridge or freezer should help them harden if they’re too soft or crumble when you handle them.
How do I make this no bake lactation cookies recipe?
I’ve listed the full recipe with step-by-step instructions below for you! You can print out the recipe, or pin it for later.
This is a great recipe that is easy to make and the best part is you can make your lactation balls (also known as boobie bites) and save them for later!
What other things can boost milk supply?
While everyone is different and I always recommend contacting your doctor when it comes to issues like this. Below are a few ways I increased my breast milk supply:
- Drank more water daily
- Consulted with a lactation consultant
- Relaxed (seriously, I realized the less I stressed over my milk supply, the more I was able to supply!)
- Had as much skin to skin contact with my baby as possible
How do I store these lactation cookies?
Store your lactation cookies in an airtight container or zip top bag in your fridge. You can leave them on the counter 1-2 hours prior to eating or you can eat one straight from the fridge!
If you’re interested in other easy no-bake recipes, you may enjoy this strawberry no-bake cheesecake recipe. Or if you’re more interested in another no-bake cookie recipe, this easy no-bake cookie dough dip is really worth trying!
How often should I eat these lactation cookies?
However often you’d like! That’s the best part! They are truly a snack the entire family can enjoy but the added benefit of a potential breastmilk supply increase is a huge plus! When I was nursing I would have 2-3 of these throughout the day as a quick snack. They’re also great for those middle of the night sweet cravings.
Easy, no bake lactation cookies are really great for the new mom on her breastfeeding journey. Get lots of great nutrients that can help with your milk supply and give yourself a nice little snack.
- 5 cups of oats
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts
- 1 cup of flaxseed
- 6 Tbsp of brewer's yeast
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup of butter (16 tbsp)
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- In a mixing bowl combine the oats, chopped walnuts, flaxseed, and brewer's yeast. Set aside.
- In a medium sized pot, heat the milk, butter, sugar, and cocoa over medium heat. Once it comes to a rolling boil, let it continue to boil for 1 minute. Then add the peanut butter and vanilla, and mix well.
- Add the mixture from the pot to the dry ingredients and combine
- Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper and spoon the mixture onto the paper. One spoonful makes a great snack size.
- Refrigerate for 1- 2 hour. Enjoy!
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If you’re interested in other easy no-bake recipes, you may enjoy this strawberry no bake cheesecake recipe. Or if you’re more interested in another no-bake cookie recipe, this easy no bake cookie dough dip is really worth trying!