Blessed thistle is commonly used to increase breast milk supply, milk
thistle is sometimes confused with blessed thistle but luckily milk
thistle also has supply increasing properties and is safely used by
If you are experiencing a low milk supply, you can try milk thistle,
and breastfeeding supply problems may get better. If you are considering
using milk thistle for lactation, you are probably wondering how it all
The milk thistle weed is thought to boost supply because
it contains the compounds silydianin, silychristin, and silibinin which
is found in the seeds of the milk thistle plant.
dosage for most breastfeeding mothers using milk thistle is
approximately one tablespoon of crushed milk thistle herb seeds a day.
You can also get liquid milk thistle, milk thistle tea, and fresh milk
thistle. You can make your own tea (see instructions below)
best to take the least amount possible that gives you the desired
results, and you should make sure you stay under the maximum milk
thistle dosage. Always check with your doctor or lactation consultant
when using milk thistle, to determine the most optimum milk thistle
dosage for your situation.
The main goal of using milk thistle
while breastfeeding is obviously to increase your milk supply. As with
any kind of medication, natural or otherwise, there are some side
effects to watch out for, but any milk thistle side effects are normally
mild. Side effects of milk thistle may include soft stools and an upset
stomach, which usually only lasts for a day or two while taking it.
always, you should check with both your doctor and your lactation
consultant to determine if you are having supply issues, what the
possible causes may be, and effective treatments.
By Katelynne Shepard
A natural supply boosting tea you can make…
1 amount x Alfalfa leaf
1 amount x Anise seed
1 amount x Fennel seed
2 amount x Fenugreek seed
1 amount x Blessed thistle and / or 1 x Milk thistle
two heaped table spoons of this mixture in a pot with two liters of
water. Boil for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink hot with honey and
lemon juice. Can be kept in the fridge for three to four days. You can
drink three cups of this daily.