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There are lactation herbs and medications that are used to increase lactation or stimulate milk production in a lactating mother, or in a mother who wants to induce lactation.
- It is needed when a mom has a very low milk supply and is using Galactagogues and pumping to produce more breast milk.
- Used if Mom is working and breastfeeding, and trying to keep up her milk supply. A mother who returns to work, may need the milk expressed for her baby, for when Baby is left at a caregiver.
- Inducing lactation: Used when a mother has adopted a baby and wants to induce lactation for breastfeeding.
- Mom has a premature infant, that is incapable of breastfeeding at the moment. Mom will need to pump and take Galactagogues until Baby is strong enough to breastfeed.
A lactation supplement is most effective in combination with cue feeding and pumping sessions.
* Blessed thistle.
Three capsules three times per day. Blessed thistle may cause some digestive changes.
* Goats rue.
Used to make a tea (1tsp dried leaves, infused in 1 cup boiling water for 20 minutes taken twice daily)
Goats rue can increase breast milk production and increase the milk flow (let down).
Side-effects include sweating, increased urination and sometimes a drop in blood sugar levels.
* Hops (Humulus lupulus).
Best used fresh for increasing milk supply.
Helps regulate hormonal productions, which helps increase milk supply.
* Nettle leaf or capsules.
Take two capsules three times a day.
This is another mild galactogue and will be more effective taken with other herbal galactagogues.
* Chaste Berry.
Four capsules three times a day. Alflafa is mild and can be taken with another galactogue. Alfalfa may also cause some digestive changes.
* Brewers yeast as a galactagogue.
Has very few side-effects, but should not be used if Mom has a recurrent yeast problem or yeast infection. Brewers yeast is rich in Vitamin B, amino acids, minerals and iron. Dosage: 3-5 capsules daily.
May cause some digestive changes.
Not only will it increase milk production, but it will also decrease colic in a baby, via mom's breast milk.
* Mothers milk tea.
2 parts fennel.
1 part nettle.
1 part blessed thistle.
1 part fenugreek.
½ part Hops.
Grind the seeds before adding the boiling water to them – seep for 15-20 minutes.
* Milk thistle (not the same as blessed thistle).
* Marshmallow (althaea) root.
This Galactogue should be used with the other breast milk herbs, to improve their effectiveness.
* Red raspberry leaf.
Combining two or three of the above-mentioned natural herbal galactagogue, will work better than only using one.
- Carrot seeds, beet and yam.
- Beet leaves, spinach, chicory and other dark green leafy vegetables.
- Plain Oats and oat straw capsules or liquid extract.
- Green papaya (simmered until soft).
- Dill: Can be used in tea or sprinkled on food. (Two tsp of dill seed daily).
- Raw nuts, flaxseed oil and sesame oil.
- Water, herbal root-beers, chicory coffee and barley water.
- Garlic: It has been found that if a mom eats a lot of garlic, it gives the breast milk a nicer taste, which will increase the time a baby spends on the breast, therefore increasing breast milk production.
- Ginger (should not be taken with any other medication).
- Sesame seed.
Metoclopramide (Maxolon, Pramin, Maxeran)
- Side-effects on Mom, sometimes include: Tiredness, anxiety, cramps on stomach and diarrhea.
- Can increase breast milk production by 40%.
- No documented side-effects on babies.
Domperidone for breastfeeding (Motilium)
- Increases prolactin levels, therefore increasing breastmilk production.
- Domperidone side effects: Very little side-effects found.
- It is usually only needed for a short period of time.
- Used in conjunction with Metoclopramide and Methyldopa.
- Can be taken orally as a spray.
- Helps with milk let down (milk ejection reflex) and producing breast milk.
- Found in breast milk, but with no noticeable side-effects.
- Not available in some countries.
- You can buy Domperidone online, or over the counter. Don’t buy cheap Domperidone (Make sure the supplier is viable.)
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