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Herbs to Increase Milk Flow (Galactagogues)

Galactagogues are herbs which increase the flow or secretion of milk in the mammary glands.

Galactagogue Herbs

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Black seed (Nigella sativa)
Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)
Caraway seed(Carum carvi)
Capomo (Brosimum alicastrum)
Chaste Tree (Agni casti fructus)
Fennel seed (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Goat’s Rue (Galega officinalis)
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Raspberry leaf (Rubi idaei folium)
Red Clover (Trifolium pretense)
Shatavari Asparagus racemosus

Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds

Infusion of Fennel Seed
1 ounce of Fennel Seed (crushed or powdered)
1⁄4 pints Distilled water

Boil the water, and while boiling pour over the seeds. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and add natural sweetener (optional). Cool, bottle and keep in a cold place.

DOSE: One wineglassful with or after each meal. This very simple remedy is said to be excellent for nursing mothers. It will promote the secretion of mother’s milk.

Document: Herbs for lactation by Sheila Kingsbury
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Document: Selection and Use of Galactogogues
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Herbs for Lactation. Sheila Kingsbury, ND, RH (AHG). Volume 11 Number 1 Journal of the American Herbalists Guild
Selection and Use of Galactogogues. Frank J. Nice, BS, MS, MPA, DPA. ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition August 2015

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