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For most infants, breastfeeding is the single best nutrition they can receive. Breastfeeding has been shown to lower both the infant’s and mother’s risk for health issues. However, to breastfeed effectively, you must have enough milk production.
There are several ways to increase your milk supply, some of which include feeding techniques, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet. Additionally, there are lactation support supplements available that may help increase milk production. This article will discuss lactation supplements to increase milk supply.
Supplements for breastfeeding
Goat’s rue is a plant with white and purple flowers originating from the Middle East (1). No recent evidence supports goat’s rue’s medicinal use, but older studies have evaluated its effect. One study assessed 336 women with low milk production and treated them with goat’s rue extract. According to the results, milk output increased by 30 to 60 percent. However, this study did not include a placebo control and did not randomize subjects (2).
Another study administered either a placebo or a galactagogue containing goat’s rue to mothers with preterm infants. Participants taking goat’s rue averaged 200 mL of milk daily versus 115 mL in the placebo group (2).
Stinging nettle, or urtica dioica, has several uses, including muscle and joint pain, anemia, and eczema. Some postulate that stinging nettle can help with breastfeeding by increasing milk supply. In one randomized study, mothers received either galactagogue tea that contained 1% stinging nettle amongst other herbal therapies, fruit tea, or nothing. Findings indicated that women taking the galactagogue tea had increased milk volume; however, there was no difference in serum prolactin or infant weight gain (3).
Milk thistle is a prickly plant native to Europe and used for its effects in diabetes, liver conditions, indigestion, and breastfeeding. No human data exists evaluating how milk thistle influences lactation and breastmilk. However, an animal study in female pigs evaluated the effects of silymarin, a milk thistle preparation, on lactation. Treatment with four grams twice a day caused an increase in prolactin levels in the blood compared with placebo. Prolactin is a hormone important to breast growth and milk production (4).
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