For the Nursing Mama: Homemade Lactation Cookies


I’m breastfeeding. I’m hungry. I love cookies. What about some delicious and lactation friendly, homemade cookies? 

With these cookies I (and my baby!) get all the amazing benefits from oats, such as fiber, protein and vitamins; but also the healthy essential fatty acids from flax seed and nuts.  I like to add a little of brewer’s yeast that has long been touted as a galactagogue (which is considered to increase milk supply in nursing mothers). I admit the chocolate is there for my good mood!

Let’s bake!



2 cups Oat flour (organic preferably)

3/4 cup rolled oats (organic preferably)

1/4 cup flax seed meal

1 tbsp brewer’s yeast powder (optional)

1 large egg (or 2 medium)

100 ml organic agave syrup (or other liquid sweetener of your choice)

3 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (sugar free preferably) 

1/4 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking tray.

Mix all the ingredients, make some small cookies and place on the baking tray.

Place into oven for 12 minutes (it may depend on the oven, but you’ll want then slightly brown).

Enjoy, and always remember to reward yourself for the amazing job you have been doing in the last hard, sleepless and anxious days/weeks/months! You conceived, gave birth,  are feeding and raising a precious human being. You deserve to pamper yourself! 

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Maria Ines Goncalves is yet another Portuguese mom named Maria (like most of the women in Portugal), but now she is a Portuguese mom in the USA. Born in Portugal, Maria graduated with a degree in Political Science and believed she was not ready for motherhood, wanting to pursue her career and travel the world, although not wanting to live overseas. Guess what? She turned into a stay-at-home-mom of three (2007, 2010 and 2018) and moved to St. Louis due to her husband's job in 2017. Changes are a pattern in her life and, when she’s not adjusting to another life change, she loves to dance, bake, photograph, sew, draw and paint with the kids. But mainly she loves to enjoy the beauty and craziness of motherhood, her real and most precious purpose in life.