Galactagogue and lactation herbs
are useful to increase breast milk production. These help to promote the supply
of milk and help the baby to get proper nutrition. These are great herbal
supplements for breast feeding mothers.
Some Other Related Terms:
Galactagogues: Galactagogues are those herbs or supplements or drugs that can
increase the secretion or production of milk.
Hypogalactia: It is the condition where galactogue & lactation herbs are
helpful. In this condition, there is inadequate secretion of breast milk.
Agalactia: This condition refers to loss of or complete lack of secretion of
breast milk. One should consult a qualified herbalist or doctor for this
Galactophyga: Herbs which diminish milk-flow and arrest the secretion of
Galactopoiesis: The secretion and continuing production of milk by the mammary
glands beyond need of the baby.
Galactorrhea: The excessive flow of milk from the breasts during lactation;
spontaneous milk flow, such as when happens when a nursing mother hears another
infant cry and her own breasts spurt milk.
Common Conditions Where Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs Are Required:
Galactagogue and lactation herbs are needed in certain normal physiological
conditions and after some medical and surgical procedures.
In obese or overweight ladies, the prolactin response to suckling is low
so that there will be inadequate milk supply.
It can also arise when the mother doesn't let the baby suckle as
frequently as she may need.
If the weaning or adding the nutritional supplements is too early.
If mother is breast feeding from one breast only.
When the mother is on poor nutrition.
This is found in women who undergo Caesarian section surgery.
When there had been previous breast issues, abuse
or previous breast surgeries.
Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs For Increasing Breast Milk Production:
Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)
Blessed thistle or milk thistle stimulates milk production, especially in
combination with red raspberry leaves. Milk thistle is also an antioxidant that
is equal in potency to vitamins C and E. Besides it can help to boost up liver
Fenugreek Or Trigonella foenum-graecum Or Methika:
Fenugreek is the most
common galacagogue and lactation herb. Fenugreek can be taken as herbal tea
twice or thrice a day. Fenugreek is considered a uterine stimulant,
so do not use this herb if you are pregnant.
Fenugreek also works on the digestive system. It helps to expel the
gas or flatus out that is why it might appear as causing gas in some
individuals. On regular use the problem of flatulence will disappear.
Insulin-dependent diabetics should
use the herb with caution or not at all, as it may affect their blood sugar
readings and insulin needs. This herb, along with other therapies, has even
been used successfully by non-birth mothers to help them produce breast milk
for their adopted babies!
Fennel Or Foeniculum vulgare:
Fennel seed stimulates milk flow and relieves gas and
colic. It increases
breast milk production, but also helps to expel gas and aids in digestion and
Shatavari Or Asparagus racemosus:
This ayurvedic herb is greatly
reputed as a galactagogue and lactation herbs. This provides nutrition to mother
as well as baby. Shatavari can even be used during pregnancy. Shatavari can be
used as first line herbal remedy for increasing breast milk.
Anise seed aids
in digestion and promotes mother's milk production for nursing mothers.
Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum):
Cumin seed is a good digestive and galactagogue. Cumin seed can be used with jaggery.
Goat's Rue or Galega officinalis :
Goat' Rue stimulates milk production.
Borage is also an
effective galactagogue and lactation herb, but it should not be used for
longer than a week at a time as it contains an alkaloid that may be harmful
to the liver. It is a great herb for cooling fevers and balancing the
adrenals, and its beautiful purple flowers are edible and are a lovely
addition to any salad!
has been used to increase mothers milk (which is why they say to drink beer
while nursing), but can cause depression when used over an extended
period of time. It may also make you sleepy! The beer in some countries
contains Hops that are helpful like galactagogue and lactation herbs, but the beer in the United
States doesnt seem to have the same content or quality.
Caraway (Carum bulbocastanum):
Black Caraway aids mother's milk production and helps
in digestion disorders. It is helpful for post-partum ladies (after child birth)
as a galactagogue and lactation herbs.
General Nutrient Herbs Supporting Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs:
These herbs supplement galactagogue and lactation herbs as they are rich in
minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Leaf is high
in vitamins and minerals and will also help the uterus to recover and regain
its size and shape quickly.
Alfalfa is rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, and Vitamin K (the
blood coagulant vitamin). Alfalfa is already a reputed tonic and rejuvenative
Nettle or Stinging nettle is loaded
with vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, and Vitamin K (the blood
coagulant vitamin) just like alfalfa.
Herbs Supporting Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs & Used In Common Abodminal
These herbal supplements help galactagogue and lactation herbs. Additionally
these are useful in common abdominal conditions like gas formation, flatulence.
Lemon balm or Melissa officinalis is helpful for relieving gas and colic
pain. Lemonbalm is calming as well.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is calming and is useful in colic
or spasmodic pain for both mother
and baby. Besides Chamomile helps with teething pain.
Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is useful in the form of cream or ointment externally on
sore nipples between feedings. Pot Marigold keeps the skin of nipple in