Goat’s Rue (Galega officinalis) is a very pretty plant, native to the Middle East.
It is known for its galactagogue (increasing milk supply) properties, as shown in its scientific name (Gale = milk, ega = to bring on).
What is Goat’s Rue used for?
Developing mammary tissue. Goat’s Rue stimulates the development of mammary tissue. It has even been used to increase breast size in non-lactating woman. It can even induce the growth of breast tissue in women who have had breast surgery, or plan on nursing an adopted child.
Promote tissue growth in women whose breasts didn't increase during pregnancy.
Promotes rapid natural breast milk production as Goat's Rue has galactagogue properties (promote milk flow).
Facilitates breast let down, so that your body can release the milk.
Helps to maintain breast health during nursing and lactation.
Lowers insulin and blood sugar levels, insulin-sensitizing. It has been used in diabetic patients to lower their blood sugar levels since the early 1900’s.
Diuretic (it promotes the production of urine).
Diaphoretic (inducing perspiration).
Vermifuge (destroy or expel intestinal worms).
Protects the liver.
Ways to use Goat's Rue when Breastfeeding
Goats Rue can be taken in a tablet form or as a tea. It is said that the fresh plant may be toxic, thus use only the dried form of the plant.
Goats Rue Tea. To make Goat's Rue tea, use 1 teaspoon dried leaves in 1 cup of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Dosage: You can drink one cup of Goat Rue tea up to three times a day. Add other herbs such as alfalfa, fennel or fenugreek to your tea to further support milk production.
Goats Rue Capsules. The normal dose for Goat's Rue capsules is 1 capsule 3 or 4 times per day. Goats Rue Capsules are available online (Amazon.com). Make sure to purchase your capsules from a trustworthy company. Most capsules come with directions and dosing on them, so follow instructions or consult your healthcare professional in case of doubt.
Goats Rue is also found in some readymade teas and capsules made specifically for breastfeeding mothers.
Goats Rue Tincture. A tincture is a very strong herbal extract. It’s mostly made with alcohol, food grade glycerin, apple cider vinegar or honey. It’s said that making it with alcohol is the best option, as the ethanol in the alcohol helps to release the properties of the herb. Not to worry though, the amount of alcohol you will be getting in is not harmful to you or your baby. Dosage: Take half a teaspoon (20 to 40 drops) of Goat's Rue tincture 2 to 3 times a day. It can be taken in water, juice or directly under your tongue.
Goats Rue and Breastfeeding ~ Goats Rue Tincture Recipe
Goats Rue Tincture. Goats Rue tincture can be used to increase milk supply and make your milk richer and creamier as well as more nutritious.
Put half a cup of each of the herbs in a glass jar. Add only ¼ cup fennel and a small amount of water (enough to wet the herbs). Add vodka. 50% herb 50% alcohol ratio.
Shake well and store in a cool, dry place for 2 to 6 weeks. Make sure to shake the mixture every few days.
The Goat's Rue Tincture can be used from week 2, but the longer it sits, the more concentrated the tincture will get, as the vodka needs to let the herb release all its valuable properties.
When you want to use the tincture, separate or strain the herbs from the liquid and pour into dropper bottles.
Take half a teaspoon (20 to 40 drops) of Goat's Rue tincture 2 to 3 times a day. It can be taken in water, juice or directly under your tongue.
What other Mothers who Breastfeed, are Saying about Goat's Rue…
I have used Goat's Rue supplements to help battle my low milk supply after a long battle with mastitis 2 weeks after birth. I took the maximum dose for at least two weeks before expecting any results. My breasts became so engorged that I even gained new stretch marks!
I used Fenugreek and Goat's Rue together. These two herbs were my miracle herbs. Some herbs just work better for some women than for others. My herbalist said that Goat’s Rue is great for women with tubular breasts.
Goats Rue is amazing. It was given to me by a friend who also used it at the time. I pumped exclusively for 16 months and managed breastfeed my baby until age two. I’m told that it is used to help adoptive moms who want to breastfeed. You should give it a try.
I had a great experience with Goat's Rue! I tried everything (beer, oatmeal, alfalfa and nursing/wearing baby constantly), but without any success. Goats Rue was the only thing that helped with my low milk supply.
When my baby was 4 months old, I decided to try the Goat's Rue capsules, and it really made a huge difference. After the first 10 days, my milk supply went up dramatically, and I was able to pump a lot more than before. I've now reduced my dose to only one capsule per day. It seems like the initial dosing was just the boost I needed for my low milk supply, and it's just sort of stayed there. It’s different with each mother, but I responded very positively to it.
Do not use the fresh Goat's Rue plan as it is considered toxic.
If you have diabetes or hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), make sure to consult your healthcare professional before using Goat's Rue. Goats Rue lower your blood sugar levels and may interfere with your medication.
If you are allergic to peanuts, soybean, alfalfa or fenugreek allergic reactions may occur as Goat's Rue is a member of the same family of plants.
Avoid using Goat's Rue if you tend to have an oversupply of milk. Using it could further increase your milk supply and even cause engorgement, plugged ducts or mastitis.
Goats rue might slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. If you have any bleeding disorders, consult a professional first as Goat's Rue might worsen bleeding disorders.
If you have to go for surgery stop using Goat’s rue at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date as Goat's rue affects your blood sugar levels. This may be a concern as it might interfere with controlling your blood sugar levels during and after surgery.