Breastfeeding cookies

Serves: Makes 18-20 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cooks In: 12-14 minutes

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!

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 int he 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


Print Recipe

  • rolled oats 2 ¼ cups (make sure you use fine rolled oats, not the large Jumbo rolled oats)
  • brown sugar ½ cup, firmly-packed
  • Brewers yeast/savoury yeast flakes 1-2 tablespoons
  • ground flax seed or LSA 2 tablespoons
  • salt good pinch
  • fennel seeds* 1 tablespoon, lightly toasted and ground
  • ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon
  • butter (or coconut oil for dairy-free) 100g, melted
  • free-range egg 1


Preheat oven to 180degC. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together until well combined.

2. 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. 

Nutritional Information Per Serving
10.4 g
3.9 g
Total Fat
6.1 g
2.6 g


  • Emma

    Is this missing flour? ? Hope you’re enjoying your new bubs ☺️

    • No flour needed in these cookies…just the oats! 🙂

  • Sarah Higgins

    These fall apart when I try to roll them so had to bake in a tin and cut into bars. Any suggestions for why so crumbly? I used coconut oil instead of butter. Thanks

  • Sarah Higgins

    I’ve made these twice now, once with coconut oil and once with butter. Both times I’ve ended up with a crumbly mess that I can’t roll into balls. What am I doing wrong please??

    • she’s probably using the wrong kind of (Jumbo) oats instead of instant fine rolled oats. I’ll reply

      • Sarah Higgins

        Don’t know how I missed that in the recipe. Serious baby brain. Sorry!

    • What kind of oats are you using? I suspect it might be the jumbo (large) rolled oats? – they are suited to making muesli, but are not fine enough to hold together. You need to use the fine rolled oats (like the ones that can be made into porridge in a few minutes) for this recipe. Hope that helps!

      • Sarah Higgins

        ah ha! That will be it. Oh well they make good bars too 🙂 Thanks Nadia

  • Sarah

    Is nutritional yeast ok in this recipe? Having trouble tracking down brewer’s yeast…

    • Yep that would be fine – might just have a slightly different flavour 🙂

  • Miranda Biggins

    I’ve switched out the flaxseed for chia seeds and have only got raw sugar…do u think it will still work? Oh, and I added chocolate chips, just because I like chocolate in my cookies

    • Yeah that should be fine – sounds delish!

  • Charlotte Leggett

    Where do you buy brewers yeast? I assume activated yeast that you use when making bread doesn’t offer the same benefits?

  • Hallie Eyles

    Hi, just made these and the mixture was quite sticky & crumbly. I could roll into balls but when you go to flatten them they crumble.
    The oats I used were the small porridge oats, anything else it could be?
    Many thanks.

  • Kylie

    I have just made this recipe using fine rolled oats & coconut oil and found that I couldn’t get the mixture to hold together enough to form biscuits. I improvised & pressed it into a slice tin and the result is delicious! I love the addition of fennel – both for taste & digestive benefits. Can’t comment on their effectiveness yet but I’ll enjoy eating them regardless 😄