It is essential that you ONLY use galactagogues if you are pumping / nursing regularly to remove the extra milk, that the galactagogue will create. It is best to try additional milk removal via pumping and hand expression to increase supply before trying galactagogues.
It is needed when a mother has an insufficient milk supply and is using Galactagogues and pumping to produce more breast milk.
Used if a mother is working and breastfeeding, and trying to keep her milk supply sufficient. A mother who returns to work may need the milk expressed for her baby.
Blessed thistle. Three capsules three times per day. Blessed thistle may cause some digestive changes.
Alfalfa. 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 the mother 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.
Anise. Not only will it increase milk production, but it will also decrease colic in the baby, via the mother's breast milk.
Goats rue. Used to make a tea (1tsp dried leaves, infused in 1 cup of boiling water for 20 minutes taken twice daily). Goats rue can increase breast milk production and improve 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.
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.
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 mother 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).
Simulating Pregnancy Hormones for Induced Lactation
Some mothers have found that they can produce more milk if they use a combination of hormones and galactagogues. The hormones that are given simulate pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, which tricks the body in believing that it needs to produce milk. You can find more information on this at asklenore.info.