Festive lactation cookies

I love cookies, and I love all the flavours of Christmas – so what better recipe for a breastfeeding mama than festive lactation cookies?

Festive lactation cookies

My festive lactation cookies are an adaptation of the recipe for lactation cookies over at BellyBelly.com.au.

They’re light, moist, sweet, and incredibly festive.

So what makes festive lactation cookies festive? I’ve added warming spices, zesty orange, dried cranberries, and sweet juicy raisins to the classic mixture to impart a true taste of Christmas.

Soooo good!

How do festive lactation cookies work?

The festive lactation cookies contain three galactagogue (increasing milk supply), or lactogenic (supporting milk supply) foods:

  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Linseed (also known as flaxseed)
  • Oats

Bear in the mind that the best way to increase your milk supply is to feed your baby more frequently. These cookies are not a medical solution to low milk supply. See a feeding specialist if you believe you have low milk supply.

Brewer’s yeast

Brewer’s yeast provides a range of amino acids along with vitamins B1, B2 and niacin, and iron. It also contains plant oestrogens. Its nutritional profile, plus these oestrogens, may be the reason it works for so many women.

Solgar Brewer's yeast

Don’t substitute Brewer’s yeast with any other kind of yeast. It’s not the same. I use Solgar Brewer’s yeast which is natural and high quality.

You can get Brewer’s yeast from health food shops, Amazon.co.uk, or Amazon.com.

Linseed

Also known as flaxseed, linseed contains omega-3, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin B1 and B6.

Harvest Morn milled linseed

If you’re in the UK, get your linseed from Aldi. It’s about £1.50 a bag which is much cheaper than Amazon!

Oats

Said to increase milk production, BellyBelly notes that oats are full of saponins which are both antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Oats are so comforting and nourishing, and make a great addition to a tasty biscuit.

What are you waiting for! Grab a hot chocolate, a chai latte, or your preferred drink, and let’s bake!

Print Recipe
Festive lactation cookies
These festive lactation cookies have all the goodness of regular lactation cookies, but with a delicious festive twist. As with regular lactation cookies, they contain Brewer's yeast, linseed, and oats, which help support healthy milk production.
Festive lactation cookies
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
cookies
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
cookies
Festive lactation cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
    Cream the butter and sugar
  2. Add the egg and beat in well.
    Beat in the egg
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the linseed with the water. Let it sit for 3 minutes before adding to the mix.
    Mix the linseed and the water
  4. Add the orange zest to the mix.
    Add the orange zest
  5. Add the Brewer's yeast and salt.
    Add the Brewer's yeast and salt
  6. Sieve the flour and spice into the mix. By now, your house should be smelling like Christmas!
  7. Add the oats, cranberries, and raisins, and mix well.
    Add the oats, cranberries, and raisins
  8. Shape spoonfuls of the cookie mix into balls and place on a lined and greased baking sheet.
    Make the cookie balls
  9. Flatten the balls a little to form a cookie shape.
    Flatten the cookie balls.
  10. Bake the festive lactation cookies at 180°C/356°F/Gas Mark 4. And obviously try one!
    Bake the festive lactation cookies

They taste so good! I’ll be making another batch of these over Christmas to snack on while breastfeeding.

I’m not sure whether or not they’ve increased my milk supply, but you never know. And with ingredients so healthy and tasty, they make a great snack.

What do you think to these tasty festive lactation cookies? Will you give them a try?

Let me know in the comments below. I’d really love to hear from you!

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Try these festive lactation cookies, with all the goodness of regular lactation cookies, but with a delicious festive twist!

22 Replies to “Festive lactation cookies”

  1. These look great! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I had no idea about recipes like this…could have used this info many years ago!

    1. You are a past breastfeeder? The cookies are lovely!

  3. These look great! I love a good cookie recipe!

    1. Thanks, and me too, ha 🙂 they’re so good!

  4. Omg these are brilliant! I could have used these a few years ago!

  5. These look delicious and so helpful! I’ll share with my friend who is expecting!

    1. Thanks so much, Jessica. I am sure she will love them!

  6. Forget Me Knot Blog says: Reply

    I kno a lot of ladies that would love these. I’ll def be sharing this with them!

  7. These sound delicious and perfect for this time of year! I’m going to show these to my sister who has a one month old 😄

    1. Thanks so much, Annie! She’ll love them!

  8. Yay! My milk supply always took a bit of a dive around the holidays!

    1. Oh, I wonder why? These should be perfect then!

  9. I had no idea that these even existed. Have you found they helped? They also sound brilliant!

    1. Thank you! It’s so hard to tell how effective they are. I don’t pump regularly like I used to, and Jonah feeds only a few times during the day. But it can’t hurt to get all that goodness inside from the healthy ingredients. Some women swear by them! Also they taste awesome…hooray for cookies. 🙂

      1. No one should ever complain about cookies!

        1. I agree! I’m a total cookie monster!

  10. These sound great. Never tried this kind of thing when I was breastfeeding!

    1. Thank you! They’re really tasty and have some healthy ingredients, so I’m sure they help in some way!

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