A galactagogue is an herb that acts to increase breast milk production in lactating mothers to ensure the baby gets proper nutrition. Galactologues are used in remedies for a nursing mother who may not be producing enough breast milk in sufficient amounts to sustain her baby or babies.

Galactogogue Herbs:

  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)
  • Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
  • Hops (Humulus lupulu)
  • Oats (Avena sativa)
  • Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

In this video, lactation consultant Melissa K. Nagin discusses how to increase breast milk supply by using fenugreek and oat meal as galactologues.


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