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.
- 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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