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Increase Your Milk Supply :: Ultimate Lactation Cookie Recipe

Increase Your Milk Supply Ultimate Lactation Cookie Recipe

When my son was born, I made a commitment to myself to try my best to breastfeed him for a year. In the beginning, it was easy (well, relatively speaking). We had a few latching issues, along with super sore nipples, but I persevered through until we found our stride … even if it did involve a few a lot of tears.

Fast-forward five months. I was still exclusively breastfeeding my son and back at work full time. I had settled into a comfortable routine of pumping during the day and feeding my son at the breast while home. Baby was happy. Life was good. My supply was plentiful.

Then I hit a snag. A snag in the form of a “monthly visitor.”

All of a sudden, my supply plummeted and I wondered if it was the end of our nursing relationship. I frantically searched the Internet for ways to increase breastmilk production and ran across the all-so-mighty lactation cookie. Why had I never heard of this little lifesaver before?

I have to admit, at first glance it looked a little daunting. Brewer’s yeast? Flaxseed meal? Making cookies from scratch and not a box? I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. But I was desperate and willing to give it a try. I printed off the recipe and headed to Whole Foods to collect all the not-so-common ingredients. I rushed home, put the baby to bed, pulled out my mixing bowl and cookie sheets, and was ready to go!

The recipe was surprisingly easy … the clean-up, not so much. But as I watched the cookies rise from the heat in the oven, so did my expectations of what they could do.

And you know what? They did not disappoint!

I went from pumping 2 oz per breast to 5 oz per breast in LESS THAN 48 HOURS. It was amazing, my fears were calmed, and this little recipe became a regular part of my kitchen routine every 3-4 weeks.

milk supply

Seriously. This happened. Over several days of pumping.

And the great thing is, they are actually REALLY GOOD. As in, I couldn’t wait to eat them, had a hard time limiting myself to a reasonable amount, and even my husband thought they were delicious (when he unexpectedly thought I was just “baking cookies” and not a concoction to increase breastmilk supply … although rest assured, they are safe for people who are not lactating. No worries about engorged breasts or sudden leaking boobs from anyone partaking. But you do want to make it clear to anyone in your household their purpose. And trust me, once you mention the words “increase breastmilk production, supply, etc.,” no one will want to get within 10 feet of them in fear of what they could possibly do to them!).

Super Milk Boosting Lactation Cookies

There are LOTS of recipes you can find out there on the Internet for lactation cookies (aka Mother’s Milk Cookies) but this is my personal favorite, mainly because it includes a larger quantity of the three milk boosting ingredients — flaxseed, thick cut oaks and brewer’s yeast — than any of the others I came across. (Go big, or go home … right?) And you can add in some fenugreek, an herb used for increasing milk supply (found in capsule form at places like Vitamin Shoppe), for even more of a powerful punch.

I have to admit, I didn’t have a lot of these ingredients freely on hand (except raisins and fenugreek). All ingredients (excluding fenugreek) I was able to find at Whole Foods, but it did cost me upwards of $50+. But rest assured, this is a hefty initial investment and making cookies moving forward will not be as costly since brewer’s yeast, flaxseed meal, baking soda and other ingredients will not have to be purchased again (I made cookies for 2 years and did not have to purchase these ingredients but one time). So prepare for your visit, and keep in mind the investment you are making to boost your supply that will feed your baby for many days, months, years to come.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (preferably with olive oil or flaxseed oil), softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup organic brown sugar
4 tbsp of water
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
2 large, omega 3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups of thick cut oats
1 cup of raisins
4 tbsp of brewer’s yeast (this is the main ingredient for milk production)
9 fenugreek capsules (empty capsules and discard)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix flaxseed meal and water, set aside. Sift together dry ingredients (flour, brewer’s yeast, salt, soda and fenugreek), set aside. Blend butter and sugars well. Blend in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flaxseed mix and vanilla, mix well. Add dry mixture in three equal parts. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop on baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Once cooled, package 5 cookies into a Ziploc bag as an easy way to keep track of your daily intact. Try to space out eating cookies throughout the day (one for breakfast, one for mid-morning snack, one at lunch, one for mid-afternoon snack, one at dinner). Enjoy!

Seriously ... these are AMAZING (taste-wise and milk producing-wise)

These are AMAZING (taste-wise and milk producing-wise)

Words of Encouragement:

I hope you find this recipe as beneficial as I have. Fast forward 3 years later and my son is still breastfeeding at 3 1/2 years. Controversial? Maybe to some people. But to me, I am providing my son with important nutrients only mama can provide (even if it’s for a few minutes before bedtime and upon waking up at this point). For you? Make the best decision that works well for you and your family. And equip yourself with information and tools to maximize your breastfeeding experience.

You got this mama!

Got a great recipe or another method that has worked well for increasing your milk supply? Share in comments!

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124 Responses to Increase Your Milk Supply :: Ultimate Lactation Cookie Recipe

  1. Trish November 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    How many cookies does this recipe yield? Thanks!

    • Tiffany
      Tiffany November 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

      Great question! Approximately 25

      • Dhp May 21, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

        Mine made 40! They’re a little on the dry side and I only baked for 13 min. Anything I can add to make them less “dry” tasting?

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles May 21, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

          By dry, do you mean hard? I always baked mine for not as long so they would be soft (because who wants a hard, dry cookie?). 😉

      • Katie May 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

        How big did you make yours? Mine were about 3 inches in diameter once cooked (so not small, but not huge either) and I got 68 cookies out of 1 batch. I probably could have easily stretched it to 70-75. Would the size affect the number you should eat per day? I still eat the recommended 5, but haven’t seen that big of an impact on my milk production and it’s been almost a week. I know everyone will probably respond differently.

        Also to the comment about the amount of calories taken in by eating 5 per day. I put the recipe into Myfitnesspal and based 1 serving on getting 70 cookies out of a batch (like I did with mine), so 1 batch is 70 servings. It equaled out to be 66 calories per cookie. So 5 a day would only be 330 calories a day. You would easily burn off those calories by doing nothing but nursing anyway. Pretty cool!

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles May 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

          I would say mine were about the same size. I still continued eating 5 per day regardless of size. You could try eating more to see if that has a better effect for you. I also had someone say they added extra fenugreek tabs and an extra scoop of brewer’s yeast. You may want to try that out. Interesting fact about the calories for the cookies too! Thanks for figuring that out and sharing!

        • Erin June 14, 2016 at 12:11 am #

          Thank you for figuring the calories out as I’m using MyFitnessPal too! 🙂
          I also felt that there was a lot more batter than for 25 cookies. I’m going to make a batch again tomorrow 🙂

    • denisse September 6, 2016 at 1:46 am #

      Can I use all purpose flour.?

      • Tiffany Nettles
        Tiffany Nettles September 7, 2016 at 11:22 am #

        You could probably try, but I would recommend the other. The main milk boosting ingredients are oats, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, and fenugreek.

        • nazeerah August 27, 2017 at 7:40 am #

          hi tiffany, how much fenugreek seeds can i use? its easier for me to get the seeds than the tabs.

          • Tiffany Nettles
            Tiffany Nettles August 27, 2017 at 11:31 am #

            Hmmm… I don’t have any experience with the seeds themselves. Would you typically grind these up and make them into powder? Or just add them as straight seeds? If they are straight seeds, I would think 1 tsp would be equivalent to one fenugreek capsule.

  2. Brandy December 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    Thank you Tiffany,

    Im and exclusive pumper, since my little one refuses to latch. Ive tried almost everything to up my supply so Im going to try these as well. Wish me luck!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles December 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

      Good luck! These were DEFINITELY a staple for me. My little one is 3 1/2 now, and surprisingly enough, I am in the one initiating weaning now. I would have never thought our nursing relationship would be this way. Sending positive vibes your way!

      • Brandy December 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

        Made the cookies tonight but mine don’t look like yours, mine spreaded out and look more like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Should I have made them into balls? Also your directions mention salt but I didn’t see salt on the ingredients list. Excited to see if they work for me.

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles December 4, 2015 at 8:12 am #

          Mine look like Oatmeal raisin cookies too after they cool and are ready. Funny enough, often times each batch looks different. Let me go back and look at the recipe for the salt part. I believe there is a small amount (like maybe a teaspoon) but if it’s not included it doesn’t affect the milk boosting properties of the cookies. Let me know how they work for you! Fingers crossed!

          • Cindy December 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

            I was wondering if you ever checked if the salt is needed for this recipe and the amount. I am getting ready to make these for my sister who is struggling with her supply Thanks so much!

          • Tiffany Nettles
            Tiffany Nettles December 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

            Thanks for the reminder! Gimme 30 minutes and I’ll let you know.

          • Tiffany Nettles
            Tiffany Nettles December 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

            It’s 1 teaspoon of salt. Updating recipe now. Good luck!

          • Cindy December 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

            Also, have you ever made extra batches of these and put them in the freezer instead of having to make them every week?

            Thanks for the great recipe by the way!

          • Tiffany Nettles
            Tiffany Nettles December 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

            I have not, but what a great idea!

          • Cindy December 20, 2015 at 8:35 am #

            Thank You so much for taking the time to reply! I hope my sister enjoys these! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

          • Tiffany Nettles
            Tiffany Nettles December 20, 2015 at 10:40 am #

            You’re welcome! Hope your family has a nice Christmas as well! 🙂

    • Genesis January 25, 2016 at 2:35 am #

      You should try the medela latch. I had the same issue but the latch helped. Its easier for her to sick on because its longer than the nipple. Good luck!

  3. Nmorrison December 8, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    I made these today and am super excited about them. How many should I eat per day to see an increase?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles December 9, 2015 at 4:36 am #

      I recommend 5 per day, but you can eat more if you’d like. Good luck!

  4. Constance December 30, 2015 at 9:34 am #

    I was curious if you thought only eating one or two a day would have the same benefits. The recipe looks delicious, but at 5 a day, you’re talking nearly 1200 calories, 45.5 grams of fat (nearly 25 grams are from saturated fat), and 87 grams of sugar!!! I want the increased milk supply, but also want out of my maternity clothes 😉 Trust me, I’m not bashing the idea, but I dont want to solve one issue by gaining another (no pun intended).

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles December 30, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      Trust me, I totally know what you mean! Although I wanted the effects on the milk supply, I also didn’t want to feel it increasing my waistline. For me, I just chalked it up as a point in my life that I was sacrificing my body for my son – and I definitely don’t want to come across as implying those who make a different choice are less of a parent. I think we all have to decide what’s best for us personally and as a mother. I didn’t gain weight eating that many cookies a day, but I definitely didn’t lose either (and I had A LOT to lose post-baby). And I always felt a twinge of guilt pouring all that sugar into the batter and eating a lot of cookies on a regular basis, especially knowing my pre-pregnancy weight was far off in the distance.

      I think it would be worth a shot to try 1-2 cookies a day. Five a day is just the suggested max, and I was usually looking for the fastest possible results, which is why I always ate that many at once. If you decide to try 1-2, let me know how it works out!

      We also have a recipe for a lactation smoothie that gave another one of our mamas great results that isn’t as heavy on the calories, fat and sugar that may be worth trying out as well. Wish I would have known about it when I was trying to increase my supply! Here is the link: https://columbiasc.citymomsblog.com/6-ways-to-increase-and-maintain-your-milk-supply/

  5. Hannah January 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    This increase my supply, but did anyone else find that it increased your baby’s belly aches? I stopped eating them, and u.unfortunately I quit pumping (since my baby won’t take a bottle anyways, and I’m not getting enough to even count), but we are both much more comfortable. Any suggestions on how to have cookies and not have the belly aches?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 6, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      Oh no! Sorry to hear it caused your baby belly aches. I never had any issues. Is there an ingredient in there that you know of already that irritates your baby’s stomach? The main three necessary components are oats, brewer’s yeast and flaxseed – so I would think any applicable alternatives to the rest of the ingredients would work without compromising the effects. Or you could try not adding fenugreek if you think that is the culprit.

    • Janell January 12, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

      I have heard that fenugreek can cause tummy issues for some babies. Try leaving out the fenugreek and see if that fixes the problem. With oatmeal, flax, and brewers yeast still in there, you should still see a boost in milk production.

      • Tiffany Nettles
        Tiffany Nettles January 12, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

        Great point! That would be a good place to start. Fenugreek is just an extra boost to put in there, but the other three ingredients are key.

    • nazeerah August 27, 2017 at 7:44 am #

      when i ate fenugreek sprouts it increased the supply but made LO and i gassy

      • Tiffany Nettles
        Tiffany Nettles August 27, 2017 at 11:32 am #

        Oh no! I don’t know that I have experience with the sprouts.

  6. Emily January 10, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    Have you ever tried replacing the butter with applesauce? Or the sugar with maple syrup?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 10, 2016 at 10:08 am #

      I haven’t, mainly because I was so worried altering the recipe would cause a negative impact. Looking back, I think it would have been fine to make those substitutions.

    • Natalie February 20, 2016 at 1:12 am #

      Emily, I just made these by substituting the butter with coconut oil (since my baby is allergic to milk and a plus that coconut oil helps your milk be rich in nutrients) and substituting only the white sugar with honey and they turned out great! I’ve tried substituting with honey in baked goods before but this is the first time it’s worked out. I found this article wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/baking-with-honey-sugar-for-baking/ and the suggestions for honey ate the same for maple syrup. So when doubling the recipe I decreased other liquids by only using 4T of water (so only using half), I reduced the temp on the oven to 350 degrees, and I added about 1/2 tsp more of baking powder. But that is when doubling the recipe and only substituting honey for the white sugar not all. But if you go by the substitution rules from that website they should turn out! The only think I would watch out for is of you substitute with both applesauce and maple syrup there with be even more extra liquid, so you may need to compensate for that is a different way. Hope you find this helpful and I hope they turn out!

      • Tiffany Nettles
        Tiffany Nettles February 20, 2016 at 10:01 am #

        Thanks for sharing these tips!

        • Ariel July 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

          Can we freeze them? Or just put them in the fridge? Or how did you store them?

          • Tiffany Nettles
            Tiffany Nettles July 11, 2016 at 9:10 am #

            You should be able to freeze them just fine. I usually stored mine in Ziploc sandwich bags (5 a piece) and left them out on my counter to grab on the go. I normally ate all mine up so there weren’t any leftover for freezing.

  7. Jolene January 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    I found fenugreek in powder form at my local health food store. Can you
    guess-ta-mate how much you think I’d need in place of the 9 capsules? A tablespoon, more or less? Thank you.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 10, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

      Oh wow! I have never seen it like that! I would guestimate a tablespoon and a half. Good luck!

  8. Lacey Fincher January 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    do you think freezing the dough would have a negative affect on the active ingredients?

    I’m a big freezer person especially with cookie dough and would love to stock up before baby #2 arrives.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      It should be fine to freeze the dough without having a negative impact. What a great idea to stock up ahead of time! I always dreaded those nights when I had to turn around and make cookies from scratch after a long day and finally getting the baby in bed.

  9. Brittani C. January 12, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    Can you tell me what brand or type of brewer’s yeast you used? I’m not sure if it’s the kind I used, but the cookies I made taste VERY strong of brewer’s yeast and I can’t handle it. I also swapped the raisins for chocolate chips in hopes it would mask the taste more, but it didn’t work. Would they still work if i made a batch with a tablespoon less of it?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

      I used Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast Buds, which I purchased at Whole Foods. I never tasted the yeast in my batches. I would try using a tablespoon less. I would think the benefits of some would be better than none at all. Let me know how it turns out!

      • Brittani C. January 14, 2016 at 10:19 am #

        Maybe it’s the fenugreek that i’m tasting. I’ll have to make them again without adding them.

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles January 14, 2016 at 11:40 am #

          That might be it. I know some folks who say they can really taste it.

      • Miranda Bourque January 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

        I’ve been searching around for a good Brewers yeast, what’s the difference between the buds and regular powder?

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles January 16, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

          Here is what I found about the buds: “These tiny buds are formed by an exclusive process called Air Flotation Agglomeration. The result is a more delicious, more uniform and more rapidly dissolving product. This is truly the world’s finest pure Brewer’s Yeast. If you like our regular Brewer’s Yeast, you are going to love our buds. This premium yeast is grown on sugar beets which are known to absorb nutrients from the soil faster than almost any other crop.” I used the Lewis Labs brand and felt it worked well.

  10. Jennifer January 15, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m a diabetic, do you know if I could substitute the sugar for truvia?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

      Yes, you should be able to. Good luck!

  11. Beverly January 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    How many calories per cookie?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

      About 130

  12. Lari January 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    How big should we make the cookie out to? For example the size of a golf ball or maybe half the size of a golf ball???

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 21, 2016 at 11:07 am #

      I usually made mine the size of regular spoonful, about a tablespoon.

  13. Janeth January 21, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    Is it ok to use the Brewest Yeast capsule, Spring Field brand?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 21, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      Is this an actual capsule instead of loose powder?

  14. Janeth January 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    Yes like the Fenugreek. I bought this at Walmart and it says Brewer’s Yeast

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

      I would think it would be the same, just in a tablet form.

  15. Lindsay January 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    I made these last night and I’ve eaten about 5 so far. How quickly should I see a boost? It feels like we’re having more issues today than we were yesterday before I ate any. I’m starting to lose hope 🙁

    I want him to eat and I’m afraid he’s not getting enough. Ughhhh. Has anyone eaten these and lost supply? Has anyone found anything else that worked? He’s only 6 months old and I want to keep breastfeeding, but I don’t know if we’ll be able to.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      Don’t lose hope mama! For me it took a little less than 2 days. Feel free to eat more cookies. Five is just a guideline. In addition, make sure you are drinking lots of water, and you may want to try drinking Mother’s Milk tea, taking Fenugreek and eating oatmeal (the good stuff, not the microwave kind). Also, some moms report drinking a beer like Guiness once a day is helpful. Skin-to-skin contact is also great, as much as you can, and have him breastfeed as often as he wants to. You may also want to try th!!is lactation smoothie: https://columbiasc.citymomsblog.com/6-ways-to-increase-and-maintain-your-milk-supply/. I know the first time I started to see a dip in my supply was around 6 months, and that was right when my period started back. Good luck mama!

  16. Christine January 24, 2016 at 6:28 am #

    Once your supply increases, do you continue eating the cookies and for how long?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

      I usually eat 5 a day until the batch is gone.

  17. Elizabeth January 28, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    I am currently still breastfeeding my 9 month old son. I pump at work, and he feeds on demand, while I’m home. Plus he is eating table foods. I am currently trying to pump extra for my sister as well, who has my precious 5 month old nephew. I have tried countless Lactation cookie recipes, I mean several times. But this is by far the BEST! I mean I don’t taste the Brewers yeast, which is bitter and dry. I didn’t have any fennel Greek but oh well. Now there aren’t much differences between the recipes but this is delicious. I also used like 1/3 of the amount of sugar (cane sugar to be exact). I also whipped my eggs up separately, like the whites in a bowl and the yolk in an other. Oh and I shredded my butter, which was frozen.
    Overall AMAZING

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 29, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      Yeah! So glad you enjoyed them, and thanks for sharing those additional tips!

  18. Cathy January 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    Im a mama who starts off with an oversupply after baby is born but after about a month it decreases to the point where it’s not enough for my baby. I’m on week 7 of breastfeeding (baby # 3) and sure enough my supply has gone down a lot. I made these cookies today and am so anxious on whether they will work for me. I have to go back to work in 5 weeks and I need to figure out (soon) how I plan to feed him while I’m at work and whether I’ll need to pump at work. I really, really, really hope these work ????
    so far, I can say they ARE yummy!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 30, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      Best of luck mama and I hope they work great for you!

  19. Cathy January 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

    I used nutritional yeast and it was in the form of small flakes.will that have the same effect? I couldn’t find Brewers yeast anywhere! ?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 30, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      I believe it does have to be brewer’s yeast. You should be able to find it a nutritional store or some place like Whole Foods. You’ll have to let us know if you see a difference with nutritional yeast.

    • Natalie February 20, 2016 at 1:19 am #

      I had to order mine from amazon cause I couldn’t find it anywhere and the costs whole foods is like 40 mins away from me. I got an unsweetened kind from a brand called solgar. I just tried out the cookies tonight and I couldn’t even taste it, so I would recommend that brand for sure!

    • Sadie January 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

      Did you ever try the nutritional yeast?? I was told that the nutritional yeast was the same as brewers yeast so i bought some but havnt used it yet.

      • Tiffany Nettles
        Tiffany Nettles January 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

        I never tried nutritional yeast personally. I was always advised brewer’s yeast and stuck to that. If you try it, please let us know your results!

  20. Doran February 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    Just made these – followed the recipe exactly and they are so bitter and completely fell apart when I tried to take them off the cookie sheet. Did anyone else have this problem?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles February 5, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

      Oh no! I never experience this. What type of Brewer’s Yeast did you use?

  21. Allison February 6, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Does the whole wheat flour make a difference? Can you use all purpose instead?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles February 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      Whole wheat flour has more nutrients. You should be able to substitute all purpose instead.

      • Allison February 6, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

        Thanks!! Ordered some brewer’s yeast that will be delivered next week. Can’t wait to try these!!

  22. Catherine February 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    Made this recipe tonight & LOVED it!!!

    I bought the fenugreek tablets and crushed them into a fine powder with the flat side of my pampered chef whisk. Worked like a charm.
    Added 4 ounces of apple sauce…seemed to need a little more liquid.
    Added 1 tsp of cinnamon.

    BUT I think I made them tooooo big. Check out my pictures on Facebook to see if I made them too big. I ended up with 32 cookies.
    https://www.facebook.com/catherine.peavy

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles February 12, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

      So glad you loved it, and I like hearing about the additions you made! I also heard of people using chocolate chips instead of raisins, but I just prefer oatmeal raisin cookies so I never went that route. I tried to check out your pictures, but it wouldn’t let me see them….maybe because we aren’t friends? I hope you have great results, mama!

  23. Trisha March 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    This might be a total blonde move but did you have to cook the oats before? I didn’t and they taste a little “hard” to say the least…..
    I’ve also heard to not cook the cookies as baking makes some of the ingredients not work as well. What are your thoughts?
    And do you remember what you were averaging begure you tried the cookies and then when it increased? I think I’m sitting pretty at 14 ounces a day and need to increase 4-6 per pedi.
    Trying desperately to increase my supply for my 8 month old. Tried it all and a friend sent this over. Fingers crossed!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles March 4, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

      You do not have to cook the oats before. Baking them in the oven should “cook” out the hardness. What kind of oats did you use? With these types of cookies, it is necessary to bake them in the oven since they do have ingredients like raw eggs in them. I haven’t heard that baking with these ingredients lessens their effectiveness. With my experience, I as pumping 6 ounces total per breast during a 9 hour work day. After the cookies, I more than doubled this amount. Good luck mama!

  24. Tammy March 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    so I’m interested in trying these but I hate raisins. Wouldn’t be a terrible idea to add chocolate chips instead?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles March 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

      Chocolate chips are totally fine! I just used raisins because I like them the best. 🙂

  25. Esperanza March 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    How long did it take to increase supply? A day or two or a week?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles March 13, 2016 at 1:12 am #

      I saw results after 48 hours.

      • Esperanza March 13, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

        I’m almost finished with my batch and haven’t seen any results. My milk supply has gone down I only pump 3oz if I’m lucky off both boobs. How often did u pump?

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles March 13, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

          I pumped three times a day between 9-5 while at work and one time during the night. When I was with my son, I nursed on demand as often as he wanted to. I hope you see some changes soon. I know it’s a rough ride! Have you considered talking to your doctor for a prescription to help increase supply? I always kept that in mind as a possible option if I ever needed it.

  26. Amber Wendt March 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    I just made some last night. They are a little bitter and dry. I might use less flour next time. And I used a little extra brewers yeast, so that might be why they are bitter. I am just losing supply fast and this is my last chance. I bought the brewers yeast online, hopefully this will work!!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles March 13, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

      Best of luck mama! I hope they work for you!

  27. Kelly Schmidt March 20, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Is it possible to use organic eggs instead of omega 3 eggs? I live in a small town and I doubt my local grocery store will have them.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles March 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      I would give the organic eggs a try. Some of the standard ones we see in the store like Eggsland Best have Omega-3, I believe, which I didn’t really notice until making this recipe.

  28. Elizabeth March 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi I was wondering if you can use steel cut oats for this recipe

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles March 30, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

      They are not recommended. However, I think when push comes to shove, some oats are better than no oats.

  29. Erin April 7, 2016 at 4:42 am #

    I just made a double batch of this dough and then when reading comments while they baked – noticed some about about “all the sugar” in them & I was like: “Really? It didn’t seem like much to me…?” …..aaaannnd then I scrolled back up to re-read the recipe and realized there’s supposed to be white sugar AS WELL as brown sugar in them… Whoops! Guess mine are 1/2 the sugar without planning on it…???
    Oh well, they actually seem to taste pretty good from the one I just sampled fresh out of the oven… Lol! ?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles April 7, 2016 at 10:50 am #

      That’s good to know! I always wondered how it would be if I took a cup of sugar out, but was too scared to try. Sounds like a “good” mistake! 🙂

  30. Amanda April 22, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    I made the cookies two days ago, I’ve noticed that I have almost double the milk when pumping. Hopefully it continues this way, so my son can stop formula all together!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles April 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

      That’s great! I had similar results. These cookies really did work for me!

  31. Richard April 23, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    How often do you make them?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles April 24, 2016 at 9:24 am #

      I usually made them monthly or whenever I noticed a dip in my supply.

  32. Alyssa May 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    When you say you started to produce 5 oz per breast…was that between feelings, or while you were at work in place of one? I started eating the cookies yesterday and I pumped about 7oz total while the baby was drinking a bottle of expressed breastmilk, but I’m still only pumping 4 oz total between feedings.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

      That was between feedings while I was in the workplace. I pumped 3 times a day while I was at work during a 9 hour period.

  33. Becky May 16, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

    Is ground flaxseed and flaxseed meal the same thing?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 16, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

      I believe the consistency is different, but I think either will work.

  34. Van May 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    I skipped the ground flaxseed in my recipe Bc I didn’t have it on hand. Will I still notice a difference with increasing my supply?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 19, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      The Brewer’s Yeast and Oats are milk boosters, so I would think you would still see and an increase. Keep us posted!

  35. Krystal May 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    My milk supply has been dwindling over the last month, making for a fussy baby who I couldn’t get to supplement with an occasional bottle for the life of me! I started drinking milk maid tea like clockwork and bought some of the milk makers cookies ($20 for a bag of 10 and I had to keep buying!!). That regimen was helping me to produce JUST enough to keep my baby happy but still not enough to start building up a supply again. I just made a batch of these cookies (followed your recipe but did raisins AND a sprinkle of chocolate chips and it yielded 30 cookies) and fresh out of the oven they taste amazing! So much better than the milk makers ones and those don’t even have brewers yeast in them. I had a hard time sticking to just one.

    I’m really hopeful that this will help me produce more milk in a couple days! I’ve had to supplement with formula for the last week since seeing my son’s pediatrician and being told his weight had plateaued and my frozen supply is gone already. My little man has NOT been happy about that and fights the bottle. Keeping my fingers crossed for good results! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 21, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

      So glad you enjoy the taste and hope they produce results! Keep us updated! I kept a steady regimen of these cookies, mother’s milk tea, fenugreek, and oats for breakfast each morning to keep my supply plentiful, and went on to breastfeed my son until he was 3 1/2! (Actually, he still tries to latch on now at just over 4 years old!) I definitely experienced my fair share of supply lows and worry I would not be able to produce enough milk, but it all worked out in the end. Best of luck mama!

      • Krystal June 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

        Did you take fenugreek on top of the 5 cookies a day? If so how much? And how often did you drink the mothers milk tea (box says 1-3 cups daily)? I don’t want to over do it.. I made the cookies and they definitely help. Better than my old regime, but I wasn’t consistent with the 3 cups of tea during the day while eating the cookies because I want sure if I should or not, and i still had to supplement at least 1 bottle a day. I’m hoping to get back to not having to supplement..

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles June 29, 2016 at 12:16 am #

          I did take fenugreek on top of this. Since the tablets are dispersed in the cookies, the volume is not equal to what taking daily fenugreek capsules would be like. I took 3 fenugreek tabs, three times a day. As always, I would encourage you do talk with your doctor, research, and make an informed decision. I also drank mother’s milk tea, three cups, three times a day. This worked for me. Best of luck to you mama!

  36. Franchesca May 25, 2016 at 5:28 am #

    Just have to say I love these cookies, will even continue eatin after I’m not longer pumping. I so time substitute the raising for white chocolate chips and coconut tho. I also add in an extra tbs of Brewers east and two extra fenugreek capsules. These have saved my butt so many times. I will got from literally pumping 2 ounces from both sides every 4 hours 🙁 to a day of eating these and I’m able to pump 4 ounces every 2 hours. Absolutely love your recipe and so thankful for finding it!!!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles May 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

      So glad it has worked for you and thanks for sharing your extra tips!

  37. Karina October 7, 2016 at 2:24 am #

    Hi, I just made them today and was wondering did you have to eat these cookies everyday? Or did you eat them for a week and then how often? Thank you, the cookies are yummy!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 7, 2016 at 3:18 am #

      Glad you are enjoying the cookies! Usually I made a batch once a month when I noticed a dip in my supply. I would divide my batch into 5 cookies a day and eat those until they were gone (usually lasting about a week). I would try to divide the five cookies up evenly throughout the day.

  38. Tiffany January 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    Can I used this recipe without the yeast as its extremely hard to find and its going to take a while for what I ordered to get to me?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

      The Brewer’s Yeast is one of the three key ingredients. There should be some effectiveness with the other two ingredients present, but I would recommend ordering the Brewer’s Yeast. While you’re waiting for it to come in, it probably wouldn’t hurt to eat the cookies without it. But definitely get the Brewer’s Yeast. You should be able to find it on Amazon.

  39. Samantha January 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

    Just made some tonight! I subbed the brown sugar for coconut sugar. Amazing recipe. Thank you for posting☺️ I am currently pumping 6 oz a day. I’d like to increase my stash because I share my milk with a friend. Her supply dropped after severe mastitis.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles January 27, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

      Glad it has been helpful, and thanks for sharing the tip about coconut sugar.

      • Desiree February 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm #

        Just ordered my supplies I can’t wait to try it. I get alot of milk about 4-5oz every 4 hours but I pump about 30-45 Mins each time. I am hoping this will boost so I only have to pump 15 Mins. It’s alot to have to pump so long. Not to mention it hurts lol. How long would you pump for?

        • Tiffany Nettles
          Tiffany Nettles March 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

          I always pumped for 10 minutes on each side. Then I realized I could pump both at the same time for 10 minutes. Gamechanger! Best of luck mama!

  40. Chrissy July 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    So I just made these….maybe it is my oven but at 375 these got BURNT!! I was trying to check them but you know….mom of 3 including a newborn here so things happen. I’m going to try them again at 345 & see if that helps!!!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles August 1, 2017 at 11:13 am #

      Oh no! I hate to hear this! Maybe it’s due to how different oven models can fluctuate? I’ve even found that sometimes using different cookie sheets can make one batch come out harder. I hope the next batch comes out good for you! Keep us posted!

  41. stephanie February 19, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    I have to try these cookies. I am having some issues and am pumping so little one is way less than the other. Hope these will help.

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