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Herbal Remedy to Increase Lactation


An inability to feed one’s child properly due to poor lactation is an extremely upsetting experience for a mother. It may lead to frustration, anxiety and a sense of not being able to perform one’s duty as a mother and care giver. Poor lactation can have mental and physical causes. An emotional shock, grief, loss and stress may all cause a mother’s milk to simply dry up as a result of a complex interplay of hormones and emotions. Stressful circumstances can also prevent milk production altogether. The emotions induced by poor lactation add to and worsen the situation.

The bonding that should occur during breast feeding is often destroyed by poor lactation. It is therefore imperative that a mother corrects the problem.

Herbs that increase breastmilk production

Fenugreek – one of the best and strongest herbs for increasing milk production. When taken in very large amounts, Fenugreek is also used for lowering blood sugar levels, and is, therefore, not recommended for use by diabetics or those who are on strict insulin regimens to regulate their blood sugar levels. It also works on the digestive system, and in a small percentage of people, it may cause gas in either the mother or baby. Many mothers of adopted babies have successfully used this herb to help establish a breastmilk supply to feed their adopted babies. Fenugreek is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it can cause uterine activity.  Fenugreek must be used with consistency for best results, otherwise it can negatively affect or decrease milk production.

Goat’s Rue – Goat’s Rue is a powerful herb for stimulating milk production and increasing the flow of breastmilk. It has been shown to increase milk production by 50{c478bb159a3ffd2cf9a0d465504fe257d274e4492c7996716987ec7dff1da5ed} in many cases, and may also stimulate the development of the mammary glands themselves. This herb is safe for use during pregnancy. This herb is one of the main ingredients of the Nursing Tea/Nursing Tincture. It can be used as a single herb by itself, or to use along with or to add to the Nursing Tea/Tincture when something a little stronger is needed.

Fennel – this herb is great for increasing breastmilk production, and at the same time is also extremely helpful in relieving symptoms of gas or upset stomach. It is the perfect herb to take in conjunction with Fenugreek, when gas is a problem.

Alfalfa – a great herb for increasing breastmilk production while providing the body with lots of good vitamins and minerals. It is very high in Vitamin K in particular, which helps to staunch bleeding. Many midwives encourage all their clients to take Alfalfa for at least six weeks before birth, and for several months afterwards, to help avoid hemorrhage at the birth, and to help the body recover and make plentiful breastmilk afterwards. Note: This herb is not recommended for use by those on blood-thinning medications due to its high levels of Vitamin K.

Foods that help in lactation

  • Eating oatmeal daily
  • Garlic in moderation
  • Ginger in moderation

Some research shows that onions, and mint make breast milk taste different, so your baby may suckle more, and in turn, you make more milk.  If your baby seems gassy after you’ve eaten broccoli, cabbage, or beans, back off of those foods.

Massage Your Breasts

Breast massage can help to boost the volume and fat content of your milk. When your baby is “comfort nursing” (calming and soothing herself more than drinking), massage your breast near the chest and then a little further toward the nipple, and wait for your baby to take a couple of swallows. Then massage another area of the same breast, and wait for more swallows. Repeat.