So Darn Good Apple Pie Lactation Cookies

Crafted for you today is a fall inspired breast milk boosting lactation recipe that also screams Thanksgiving and the warmth of the holiday season.

I think you’ll find these apple pie lactation cookies warm and comforting to snack on. They are rich in apple pie flavor and packed with lactation aids perfect for a breastfeeding mom’s diet.

They don’t have to be just for breastfeeding purposes either, everyone can treat themselves to these yummy cookies!

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How do Lactation Cookies Work?

You may be wondering, how does a cookie become a lactation aid? Isn’t a cookie just a sweet treat?

Why would a guilty pleasure help me produce more milk?

These questions are worth asking and you should get the answers, because knowing them will help you create your own breastfeeding recipes.

First, I’ll let you in on a little secret, almost any cookie, muffin or even energy bites can be turned into a lactation recipe.

How? You may ask…

Well, by adding galactagogues into any recipe technically makes it a lactation recipe.

What are galactagogues? A galactagogue is any food or herb with the ability to increase lactation, such as these:

  • Oats
  • Flax
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Fennel
  • Yams
  • Nuts
  • Papaya

The list goes on, but those are some of the most common galactagogues that you should try and remember.

What Lactation Aids are in This Cookie Recipe?

I think it’s important to help you identify the lactation aids incorporated into this special lactation cookie recipe. Scroll down to the recipe and see if you spot any, check back here to see how you did.

All done?

Great, so incase you missed any, here are the galactagogues I used in this recipe:

  • Oats
  • Flax
  • Walnuts

There are only three, but these three foods for breastfeeding carry pretty powerful lactogenic effects.

There is also a doubling down of flax in this recipe. You’ll that it’s used twice, once in oil form and also ground Flax.

Surely, you know that oats are an extremely common lactation aid. They have been used for decades, maybe even centuries to help a lactating woman increase milk supply.

If you like muffins, try these pumpkin lactation muffins full of oatmeal!

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How to Create Lactation Recipes

Now that you have a solid list of galactagogues, you can start brainstorming some lactation recipes of your own!

The best way to go about creating a recipe, is to find a recipe you already know you would like and figure out where and how you could add in some lactation aids.

As an example, muffins are really easy to turn in to a lactation recipe because they are already a heartier food. However, some recipes are a little more delicate.

So be conscientious about how you add any extra ingredients.

Always try and maintain balance.

For instance, if a recipe calls for a certain amount of flour, but you want to add in oats and ground flax, you may want to intentionally omit some of the flour in order to balance out the ingredients so the recipe does not become too dry.

And if you prefer breastfeeding meal plans and recipes already curated for you – you would love this breastfeeding cook book! 

Where to Buy Pre-Made Lactation Cookies

Just incase you do not fancy yourself a chef, you can also buy lactation cookies pre-made as an alternative and more convenient option.

A favorite pre-made lactation cookie is by Milkmakers and they are called Lactation Cookie Bites, you can find those at Amazon. 

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In short, lactation cookies are a sweet way to help you get some extra breast milk boosting effects. 

You can learn how to make your own lactation recipes and who knows, maybe start a blog sharing them.

Otherwise, if you hate to bake, or just don’t have time. You can also buy some delicious lactation cookies pre-made and ready to be enjoyed straight out of the bag.

Whatever the case may be, I hope you enjoy making these apple pie lactation cookies and hopefully they work their milk boosting magic on you like they did for me!

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Apple Pie Lactation Cookies

Yield: 2-3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A lactation cookie that is perfect to enjoy around the holiday season. It's a grab and go crispy treat that tastes like a Thanksgiving apple pie.


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c softened butter
  • 1 tblsp. flax oil
  • 3/4 c dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 c white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 c apple sauce
  • 1 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 2 tblsp. ground flax
  • 2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 of a finely chopped medium size apple
  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350* F
  2. Whisk together the butter, sugars, oil, egg, applesuace and vanilla
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together expect for walnuts and oats
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients
  5. Finely chop apple and walnuts and fold into mixture
  6. Measure out equal sized mounds and place on baking sheet
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes

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