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Herbal Galactogogues

The following information is based mainly on general or anecdotal use, animal studies, and a few research studies.

Recommendations for dosages differ; titrate up or down to need.

Potency of products and types may vary: tincture most effective, capsules mildly effective, teas least effective.

Rotate herbs every few weeks or take a break for a week and restart.




Mechanism Of Action

Beneficial Effects

Side Effects

Cautions

Use in Preg

Dosage

Alfalfa leaf

Mammary

stimulation

Pituitary support


Diuretic

High in Ca, Fe, Vit K

Antifungal


Mild laxative

Allergy to peanuts

Avoid with lupus



Safe

2-4 caps TID-QID


Blessed thistle

Supports alfalfa

or fenugreek




Appetite stimulant

Calming


Hormone balancer

GI distress

Rare allergy






Avoid

1-3 caps TID

As directed in

More Milk Plus


Fennel

Supports alfalfa

or fenugreek

Mammary stimulation


Anti-androgen/

estrogenic

Appetite suppressant


GI distress

Rare allergy






Safe as single

product



1-3 caps TID

More Milk Plus TID



Fenugreek

Raises prolactin

Phytoestrogenic

May support MER


Stimulates growth

hormone


Hyperemic

Mild sedative



GI distress, diarrhea

Diaphoresis

Strong body odor

Hypoglycemia



Caution with diabetes, hypothyroidism, asthma

Allergy to peanuts,

ragweed


Avoid

3 caps TID-QID

(3-6 gm/day), ac

Faster response

with tincture



Goat’s rue

Stimulates breast

development

Diuretic


Contains galegin

(Metformin precursor): may balance blood sugar/PCOS



Diaphoresis

Hypoglycemia



Diabetes

Safe, after 16-20 weeks

1-2 ml (10-15 gtts)

tincture TID




Hops

Stimulates breast

development

Diuretic


Estrogenic

Calming


No effect on prolactin

Sedation

Avoid in depression

Avoid

2 caps TID

1 St Pauli’s Girl non-

alcoholic beer


Marshmallow root

Supports effects of Fenugreek, Alfalfa, or Blessed Thistle

Diuretic

Decreases GI inflammation

Nourishing


Mucilage may interfere with med absorption Hypoglycemia

Diabetes

Avoid

2-4 caps TID

Malunggay/

Moringa

May increase

prolactin



Estrogenic

High in Ca, Fe, K, Vit A & C



Hypoglycemia

Caution with

hypothyroidism



Safe

2-3 caps TID

(Natalac, Pro-lacta, Go-lacta, Mo Mama Milk)



Nettle

Supports effects

of Fenugreek or Alfalfa



Anti-diabetic

Appetite suppressant



GI distress

Hypotensive






Safe as single

product


1-3 caps TID

More Milk Plus TID



Oat straw

Pituitary support

Diuretic


Antianxiety/Antidepressant

High in Fe



Diaphoresis





Safe

2 caps BID-TID

Shatavari

Mammary stimulation

Diuretic


Nutritive

GI stimulant



Mild laxative




Avoid

1-2 caps BID Concentrated extract

Lactare (with licorice,

fenugreek, ashwaganda)


Silymarin/

Milk thistle




Antidiabetic


Mild laxative





Safe

2 caps (500 mg) TID

BIO-C 420 mg QD



Homeopathic Galactogogues

General directions:

Use 6-12C for less serious situations, 30C for more serious need

Give 1-2 pellets or drops every 2-4 hours, or with every feeding

Take on a clean mouth: nothing to eat or drink for 15 min before or after remedy

Reassess a remedy (change remedy, increase potency, or stop use) if no improvement within 1-2 days

Stop the remedy when supply has increased

Repeat the remedy after several days if supply goes down



Lactuca Virosa - General use for low milk supply, strong

Calcarea carbonica or Urtica urens - General use, especially with hemorrhage or anemia

Causticum or Helonias - Maternal exhaustion

Dulcamara or Ignatia - Sudden loss of milk

Galega - Poor nutrition or anemia

Lactogenic Foods




Action

Cautions

Brands

Dosage

Barley water

Polysaccharide in grain appears to increase prolactin







Drink 1 cup up to 4 times a day

Beer

Hops, barley malt, and brewer’s yeast promote supply

ETOH may impair MER and reduce milk flow

St. Pauli’s Girl non-alchoholic Guinness Stout

Drink no more than 1 beer daily

Coffee substitutes

Powdered drinks formulated from barley, with malt, or chicory which promote supply




Caro, Roma, Cafix, Pero, Dandy Blend

Drink 1-2 cups a day

Ginger

May be helpful with MER


Avoid 1st week postpartum if had postpartum hemorrhage




Drink 1-2 cups of tea or ginger ale a day

Green drinks

Lactogenic ingredients: alfalfa, barley grass, malt, oat-straw, spirulina May increase fat in milk

Avoid high concentration of chlorella




Drink 16 oz a day

Oats

May support pituitary action, assist MER High in Fe, protein, minerals, and fiber




Steel-cut oats highest in nutrition

1-2 servings a day


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