The Miracle Milk Cookie

First off- let me say that lactation is a topic I NEVER thought I'd write about on my blog, but then I started thinking about many people I know that have a woman in their lives who is either new to being a mom, will soon be a mom or is friends with a new mom. Because of this, I thought I'd share a cookie recipe that really helped me. Whether you decide to try to bake these cookies, share them, or order them, my goal of posting this recipe is to help make life for other new mom's a little easier. 

Miracle Milk Cookies

My experience: The first week after delivering baby Stella, I was having a really hard time keeping up milk supply. Apparently my tiny 5 lb 15 oz baby needed a lot more food than my body could initially produce. I was frustrated, but didn't want to switch to formula. We pressed on and incorporated pumping into the routine every hour between feedings. Slowly but surely my milk supply increased. Unfortunately, my tiny baby was still hungry ALL THE TIME and I could only pump up to 2 ounces per 45 minute sitting. Several very frustrating and tearful days later, a girlfriend texted me and said she left some lactation cookies on my doorstep. Lactation cookies? I had no clue what they were. I googled and found out that a lot of women use them to help increase milk supply. I thought, why not? So I tried one. The following morning, I began my normal pumping/feeding routine and was astonished when I produced 8 oz of milk in just 30 minutes. I was so proud of myself I thought about freezing the 8 ounces of milk and keeping it as a trophy of my accomplishment. Instead, I used the milk to feed baby Stella as I scoured the internet for ways to make these miracle cookies at home.  

Miracle Milk Cookie Dough

What I discovered is that Lactation Cookies help with milk supply because they have the following three ingredients:

Oats: This nutritional powerhouse provides plenty of whole grains, fiber, iron and an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 

Brewers Yeast: A rich source of B-vitamins and amino acids, this is a natural remedy used to help stimulate and increase the production of breast milk. 

Flax Seed: Provides an abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids that are necessary for brain development. 

The Lactation Cookie recipe I found (listed below) is similar to my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, the only difference is the addition of the brewers yeast and flax seed, both of which I found at Whole Foods. 

Update as of July 2017: Due to the overwhelmingly positive response I've received to this blog post, I started thinking about how many of you might prefer to have these cookies delivered to your front porch each week versus having to buy the ingredients and bake them in your own kitchen. For research-sake, I added a poll in April 2017 (see below) to find out how many of you would prefer to have Miracle Milk Cookies delivered to your doorstep. The majority of you responded that you would prefer to have cookies shipped to you versus making them from scratch and I totally understand! As a result, I'm now taking orders for Miracle Milkookies! I'm starting out by delivering frozen and pre-baked cookies to homes in the Dallas metroplex, but I eventually hope to sell the mix as well as set up a schedule for fresh cookie delivery to other cities! Click the button below to order cookies in the Dallas metroplex.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal {or linseed can be used} 
  • 4 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (Note: I've also used self-rising flour for this recipe, if you use self-rising flour do not add baking soda or salt to the recipe)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2-6 Tbsp. Brewer’s Yeast {This is the active ingredient, so the more the better. I used about 3 Tbsp. and it worked great!}
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1.    Preheat oven to 375ºF. 

2.    Mix together the flaxseed and water and let sit for 5 minutes.

3.    Meanwhile, cream together the butter and sugars.

4.    Add eggs one at a time and mix well.

5.    Add flaxseed mix and vanilla.

6.    In a medium bowl, combine together flour, baking soda, salt, Brewer’s Yeast, and oats.

7.    Add to the butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time.

8.    Once the dough is mixed together well, add chocolate chips.

9.    Bake for 9-11 minutes.