Lactation Suppressants

A lactation suppressant is a substance that decreases milk supply. It is recommended that a mother wean gradually, to avoid blocked ducts and mastitis. 

Some Reasons why a Mother might want to Suppress Lactation

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  • Stillbirth, miscarriage or death of a newborn baby. 
  • The mother has decided to give her baby up for adoption.
  • The mother has to take medications or have a treatment done that is not safe while breastfeeding. 
  • The baby has a medical condition, such as Galactosemia. 
  • The baby self-weans unexpectedly. 
  • The mother is HIV positive
  • The mother has too many breastfeeding problems and wants to stop. It is a mother's personal choice. 

Some Pharmaceutical Medications that Suppress Lactation

  • Cabergoline.
  • Parlodel (Bromocriptine) This medication was removed from the US market for lactation suppression due to harmful side effects but is still prescribed by some caregivers.
  • Estrogen-containing contraceptives. 
  • Clomid, which is used for inducing ovulation. 

Herbs and Natural Plants that can Help Decrease Breast Milk Supply

  • Chickweed.
  • Oregano.
  • Jasmine.
  • Yarrow.
  • Parsley.
  • Thyme.
  • Sorrel.
  • Sage.
  • Peppermint and spearmint.
  • Periwinkle herb.
  • Stinging nettle.
  • Black Walnut.
  • Lemon balm.
  • Herb Robert.

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Tracy Ann Behr, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Reference: Course info through Childbirth International on the physiology of breastfeeding/lactation suppressant.

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