Breastfeeding cookies

Oats, fennel, brewers yeast and flax seed are all considered to be galactologues – in other words substances that promote lactation in animals and humans. So, when I was a new breastfeeding mum, I created a recipe using all these ingredients in a cookie!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Course Snacks and Sides
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 107 kcal
Dairy Free


  • cups rolled oats make sure you use fine rolled oats, not the large Jumbo rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar firmly-packed
  • 1-2 tablespoons brewers yeast/savoury yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed or LSA
  • salt good pinch
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds lightly toasted and ground*
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100 g butter melted (or coconut oil for dairy-free)
  • 1 free-range egg


  • Preheat oven to 180degC. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together until well combined.
  • Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on prepared baking tray, evenly spaced apart. Use a fork to gently flatten cookies. Bake for 12-14 minutes until light golden. Leave cookies to cool. Enjoy a couple with a glass of milk! They will keep for up to a week in an airtight container, or can be frozen.
  • *Place fennel seeds in a fry pan and toast on medium heat for a few minutes until light golden and fragrant. Finely crush/grind in a mortar and pestle.


They’re the perfect snack for when you’re up at night breastfeeding (I had a little cake tin of them by my feeding chair!). They’re so tasty my husband Carlos was always eating them though!
Brewers yeast can be found in the health food section of the supermarket, or a health food specialty store. This tasty hot fennel and honey milk drink is another great lactation recipe.
*To make dairy-free: use coconut oil instead of butter if you are avoiding dairy