Midwives Lactation Cookie Recipe
Updated: May 7, 2019
This is adapted from the recipe my Midwives gave me and it is great at promoting lactation! I baked these during early labor; it was such a fun and welcome distraction. I made these Gluten Free and they turned out great, but I would also suggest you make a batch that does not have chocolate chips. I, like many moms, had to cut out cow proteins from my diet for the first 12 weeks of Fox's life. Most babies cannot digest cow proteins until their digestive system develops further after 12 weeks, however some need it cut out for an entire year before they can adjust. That means mama cuts out all dairy (not just lactose) from her diet if breastfeeding, or makes sure little one has a formula free from cow proteins. Some great dairy-free additives to these cookies would be raisins, pecans, walnuts, and/or peanut butter. Or, you can simply make these plain!
If you are worried about whether you will eat them all or not, I would say bake half the batch and freeze the second half wrapped in plastic wrap and then in a freezer safe ziploc until ready for use. You can also freeze them on a cookie tray in cookie dollops so all you have to do is pull the tray out and bake! Just bake for an extra minute or so.
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened or melted *
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
4-6 Tablespoons brewers yeast
2-4 Tablespoons flax seed meal
2 cups all-purpose flour **
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup choco chips ***
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Beat together wet ingredients. Add flax meal and yeast and mix well.
3. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in add-ins.
4. Place on a greased or lined cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 11 minutes or until lightly browned.
*If making dairy free, use Earth Balance or coconut oil. Note that cookies may spread more using oil.
** or 1-1/all purpose Gluten Free flour. Be sure to add 1 teaspoon xanthan gum if your flour blend doesn't include it.
***nuts, nut butter, dried fruit, coconut flakes, PB, etc as alternate or additional mix-ins