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Lactation Cookies for New Moms: Simple Cookie Recipe With Oatmeal

After numerous cookie recipes, now it's time to try out one that has therapeutic effects as well. Yes, I am talking about the widely sought-after Lactation cookies. My bhabhi became a mom to my cutie pie niece (my paro) last year. Ever since I have been trying to find a recipe for her. This lactation cookie recipe comes right in time. Taking leaf from Simran Oberoi Multani's lactation cookies, I have come up with some modifications to the original recipe for new moms.

lactation cookies for nursing moms


My mentioning it as lactation cookies does not mean that these aromatic beauties are for new moms alone. Whether you are a nursing mother or not, you should give this cookie recipe a try for the sheer sake of your cookie love.

lactation cookies with fennel seeds

I am not a mom, but I absolutely adore these fennel cookies. These are so rich, so flavorful, so aromatic, and of course healthy. How?

This batch of lactation cookies :


  • Uses fennel seeds that have medicinal properties (shall come back to them later)
  • Uses flax seeds that are full of healthy benefits
  • Uses a mix of healthy fat in the form of olive oil with homemade desi ghee 
  • Uses fiber-rich superfood grain "oats"
  • Does not use any raising agents (I am doing a collective post on NO raising agent recipes)
cookies for moms



Let's check the medicinal benefits of fennel first:

According to The Wise Woman Herbal, nursing mothers should use the seeds of fennel or any of its close relatives, including cumin, star anise, coriander, caraway, and dill. These medicinal herbs can help improve milk supply for breastfeeding women. Fennel seed has long been used as a galactagogue - a food that improves the supply of mother's milk.

Two small studies establish a link between an increase in breast milk volume and infant weight gain when mothers were given fennel galactagogue therapy.

Even Hippocrates suggested: “If the milk should dry up … give her to drink the fruit and roots of fennel.”
Additionally, fennel is used as a digestion aid. I prepare a detox drink with fennel during summers. You can put it to various uses - add it to your tea while brewing or throw a few fennel seeds in your parantha or Kerala style curries. You will simply love the fennel aroma.

However, moderate use of any herb holds the key to deriving its maximum benefits.
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Flax seeds benefits for lactation/breastfeeding

Flax seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and lignans, which are naturally occurring forms of estrogen - the female hormone. Flax is used as a laxative.
Flax may help lower blood sugar levels. However, diabetics should use flax seed cautiously as it could interact with their insulin therapy.

According to a study, flaxseed oil supplementation in lactating mothers led to an increase in α-linolenic acid (ALA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in the supply of their breast milk. The discontinuation of the therapy resulted in the fall of fatty acid levels in breast milk, which returned to the baseline.

ALA helps in the development of infant retina and brain.

Research is still under way to establish whether fennel seeds for lactation can be part of a galactagogue therapy. Nevertheless, fennel and flax seeds continue to be used by nursing moms and pregnant women for their various therapeutic effects.

However, it is still advisable to use these natural herbs in moderate amounts to derive their maximum benefits. Never stop feeding your baby with your breast milk, because it acts as a potent weapon against several maladies for your little ones.
cookies for nursing moms

A Word of Caution


  • Never give cow's milk to your infant before he/she turns 1 year of age. Feeding them dairy milk can make them intolerant to lactose. This could mean your baby would become lactose intolerant for a lifetime and they can never enjoy cow's milk even when they grow up.
  • Say no to a sweet or salty diet unless your baby is a 1-year-old toddler, because salt and sugar can have an adverse effect on their kidneys.

oats benefits

Let's come back to the simple lactation cookie recipe:


1 cup- powdered oats/oatmeal (click on the above video to learn how to make oatmeal at home)
1/4 cup- whole wheat flour
1/2 cup- almond flour (powdered almonds)
1 heaped tablespoon- fennel seeds (saunf)- add more for intense flavor
1 tablespoon- olive oil or any other vegetable oil (or ghee)
4 tbsp- raw cane sugar/jaggery powder
2 tablespoon- ghee/butter at room temperature
1 pinch- salt
2 tablespoon- flax meal (roasted and powdered flax seeds -alsi)
1 tsp- milk (if dough looks dry or is difficult to bind)

How to make Lactation Cookies for Nursing Moms at home

1. Whisk ghee and oil.
2. Add salt and jaggery. Whisk very well again.
3. Add flax meal and whisk once again until the mix looks light and fluffy.
4. Throw in fennel seeds.
5. Add almond flour, oatmeal, and whole wheat flour. Mix.
6. Start gathering the ingredients. PLEASE DO NOT KNEAD.
7. Can you bind the dough together? If not, add 1 tsp of milk.
You should be easily able to bind it into a log.
8. Take an aluminum foil or cling film and wrap around the lactation cookie log.
9. Refrigerate for 30 mts.
10. Take out the log from the refrigerator and preheat the oven or microwave convection at 170 degrees for 10 mts.
11. Roll out into a thick chapati and cut into desired shapes.
12. Place the lactation cookies on a greased baking tray. I did not grease the tray, rather, sprinkled oatmeal all over it and placed the cookies on top.
13. Bake for 20 mts at 170 degrees.
14. Allow the lactation cookies to cool down on a cooling rack and resist the temptation to indulge in these beauties before they cool down.
15. Enjoy these therapeutic cookies with or without milk or tea.
16. This simple cookie recipe is for nursing mothers, but you do not have to be a nursing mom to try these melt-in-mouth baked goodies.
17. Try the batch today and indulge in baked goodness like never before.

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