Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 20: Galactogogues {31 Days of Making More Milk}

If you've already done some troubleshooting with physical reasons for low milk supply, incorporated lactogenic foods into your diet, and are well rested, well nourished and eating a balanced diet, sometimes the use of supplements and herbs, called galactogogues, can be very helpful.

In fact, if you're a breastfeeding mama you know all about fenugreek. But there are some other options, too, and most of these are found in "Mother Teas' like Traditional Medicinals makes.

Supplements & Herbs

Anise Seed
Dandelion Leaf
Goat's Rue
Marshmallow Root & Leaf
Milk Thistle
Oat Straw
Raspberry Leaf
Red Clover
Shatavari Root

Please consult with your healthcare provider, lactation consultant, or herbalist, and do your homework before starting an herbal regimen. Learn more about each herb and their particular uses and potential side effects at Stony Mountain Botanicals, MOBI Motherhood, and The Holistic Herbalist.

Tincture or Capsules?

According to Diana West and Lisa Marasco, "tinctures (alcohol or glycerin) work much better than capsules (dried seeds or leaves) because the potency of the herb is much better preserved when suspended in alcohol or glycerin than in the dried form. It is usually best to place it directly under the tongue (sub-lingually)."

Mother Food author Hilary Jacobson recommends taking galactogogues at their minimum dose at first to gauge any side effects or allergic reactions, and increase from there: "As a breastfeeding mother gathers experience about her unique reaction to herbs and foods, she will learn about the dosage that works best for her, both for building and for maintaining her milk supply."

*Please check with your care provider before starting any herbs or supplements.* If you feel uncomfortable or experience side effects at any time, discontinue the use of the herb.

I recommend working with a board-certified (IBCLC) lactation consultant. Every woman’s situation is different. Working one on one can really help target the root problem and find a solution to low milk supply. Learn more about finding the lactation consultant right for you by reading Day 3's post.

Also, please remember: More milk is not always better. "If you do not have low milk supply, and you take an abundance of herbs and foods to increase your supply, you may create unnecessary difficulties for yourself such as over-supply, engorgement, plugged ducts, or mastitis. Your baby may develop colic due to too much foremilk, or sucking difficulties due to an overly strong let-down reflex, both of which are common with over-supply." Use these foods and herbs wisely, and reduce or stop their use if you notice problems developing. - from the MOBI website

Have you used any of these galactogogues? What was your experience?

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 This is the twentieth post in the series 31 Days to Making More Milk. Read yesterday's post  about lactogenic fruits & veggies, or start from the beginning here

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I love sharing my experiences, but this site isn't meant to give medical advice, it's only for informational and educational purposes. Please discuss with your own qualified health care provider before adding in supplements or making any changes in your diet. Also, any links to sponsors or affiliates (including Amazon) may give me a percentage of the sale or a pay per click. Thank you so much for supporting this site! 

1 comment:

  1. Tyler PorterDecember 10, 2012

    I think those are one too many supplements. Is it possible to compress them and opt for multi-vitamins like protein whey similar to creatine supplements?


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