What Is A Galactagogue?
Breastfeeding mamas have yet another reason to be grateful for herbal medicine. Galactagogue is a term used for a herb that nursing mothers can take in order to increase their breast milk production. While “Galactagogue” may be a modern medical term, this practice is quite ancient. Herbs have been used to help with milk production in nursing mothers in many cultures for thousands of years. There are over 30 herbs that have been used to increase breastmilk, Some of the most commonly used herbs are Nettle, Thistle, Fennel, Borage, Fenugreek, Hops and Alfalfa.
These herbs influence the body in different ways. Fenugreek is one of the most popular herbal galactagogues. It is a member of the pea family and has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been suggested that fenugreek may affect milk production because the breast is a modified sweat gland, and fenugreek is known to stimulate sweat production.
In one study, Thistle was given to nursing mothers and breast milk production volume increased by 86% versus 36% for moms are given the placebo.
In another study of 66 mother-infant pairs, the measured breast milk volume of the mothers who received fenugreek tea was significantly higher than the placebo and control groups.
Herbal Galactagogues can be an amazing tool, but mothers should seek out help from a doctor or lactation specialist about their milk production issues before taking them. Whether a galactagogue will be effective or not can depend on the larger issue of what is causing the low milk supply. Additionally, Galactagogues must be used with effective breastfeeding or pumping practices in order to work.
Low Breast Milk Supply? Try these tips:
The more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk your body will produce. Feed your baby whenever they want for as long as they want. Remember the more frequently you completely deplete your supply, the more your body will make. Always offer the other breast once one is empty if your baby is still hungry.
Attempt to sleep, rest and relaxation
We know it can be almost impossible to sleep with a newborn. However, lack of sleep can be detrimental to your breastmilk supply. If your lifestyle allows, try to go on a nursing vacation. Reduce social actives and just take some time to focus on nursing your baby, resting, and relaxing. Perhaps this is wishful thinking. But think about how you can do this if possible.
Stress does not necessarily decrease your milk production, but it can constrain your flow. Do what you need to to keep stress in check. Ask friends and family to take on tasks that might stress you out. Don’t accept overnight guests for several weeks until you have established a supply.
Establish A Support Network
Reach out! Other moms who are breastfeeding, family members who have gone through it before chances are you have a support network ready and willing to help you. If not, then try online. There are countless message boards and online communities of new moms who may also feel vulnerable as they establish a milk supply. Don’t wait to start establishing a support network.
Nursing: Our Tea For Lactation Support
When designing our Nursing Tea we had one goal: to craft the best herbal nursing support possible to help support flow, production and nutrition. Establish an abundant nutritious supply.
- Supports breast milk production*
- Supports breast milk flow*
- Supports breast milk nutrition*
Ingredients: Organic Blessed Thistle, Organic Alfalfa, Organic Fenugreek Seed, Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Tulsi, Organic Raspberry Leaf, Organic Nettles
Net Weight: 7 ounces / 198 grams / makes 90 cups / 3 cups per day / 1 month supply / 25 cents per cup