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. Due to possible side effects and lack of evidence for galactagogues' effectiveness, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine does not currently recommend any specific galactagogues.
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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