Galactagogues are pharmaceutical or herbal medicines that are thought to increase the production of milk.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before trying a galactagogue:
- 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, a galactagogue won't help.
- Natural is not a synonym for safe. All medicines, including herbal ones, may cause side effects or drug interactions. Please talk to your health care provider before trying any herbal or pharmaceutical treatments.
- There is little research to support the effectiveness of galactagogues. Few quality studies have been done, and the results have been inconclusive.
The Breastfeeding Answer Book: › Galactagogues supplement to The Breastfeeding Answer Book, March 2012 - Discusses pharmaceutical galactagogues (domperidone and metoclopramide/Reglan)
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: › Protocol on The Use of Galactagogues in Initiating or Augmenting the Rate of Maternal Milk Secretion, 2011 - Covers both pharmaceutical and herbal galactagogues Health Canada: › Domperidone safety warning addressed to health care professionals Kellymom: › What is a galactagogue? Do I need one?
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LowMilkSupply.com: › Galactagogues to Increase Milk Production
has short sections on
• blessed thistle
• goat's rue
with dosage recommendations
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