Category:Galactagogues

From LLL in VA/WV References

Galactagogues are herbal supplements, foods, or medications that are believe to increase milk production. Many moms look to galactagogues to boost their milk supply if they’re worried it’s low or if they want to build a freezer stash.

If you're considering trying one, keep in mind that:

  • Frequent and effective breastfeeding or milk expression is the most important factor in increasing milk supply. If the breast isn't drained thoroughly or often enough, no food or supplement will help increase milk production.
  • There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of galactagogues. Few quality studies have been done, and the results have been inconclusive. In fact, when the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine revised their protocol on galactagogues, they found that the evidence supporting the use of pharmacologic and herbal galactagogues had grown weaker. Because of weak evidence and the potential for side effects, the ABM currently does not recommend any specific galactagogues.
  • Natural is not a synonym for safe. All medicines, including herbal ones, may cause side effects or drug interactions.
  • Many herbal galactagogues can have adverse drug interactions with common medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antihistamines, and birth control pills. Please talk to your health care provider before trying any herbal or pharmaceutical treatments.
  • Many herbal galactagogues should not be used during pregnancy. Please talk to your health care provider before trying any herbal or pharmaceutical treatments.
  • The ingredients in herbal products often do not match what's on the label. Recent studies have shown that many herbal products are poorly controlled for quality and contain other plant species, contaminants, or fillers that are not listed on the label.