Galatagogues are often suggested or prescribed to a mother, (by a general practitioner) when she feels she may not have enough milk, to boost her current milk supply during times of stress, fatigue or being unwell, or to initiate lactation during adoption or surrogacy.
There are several prescription drugs that have been used to increase milk supply: Metoclopramide (Maxalon), Domperidone (Motilium), and Sulpiride (Eglonyl, Dolmatil, Sulpitil, Sulparex, Equemote) and Oxytocin nasal sprays
As with any medication there may be a side effects, so please read the accompanying information leaflet if prescribed any of these medications for low supply.
Herbal galactogogues have been taken by mothers for centuries, to aid lactation. However to date there has not been any significant research carried out into their effectiveness. Many of the common ones are readily available in any health food store. The main known ones that immediately come to mind to many mothers are Fenugreek, Linseed, Brewers, Yeast and Oats.
However there are a myriad of other little known herbs that have been used to aid lactation and these include, Alfalfa, Anise Seed, Blessed Thistle, Cumin Seed, Fennel, Goats Rue, Raspberry Leaf, Shavatari, and Torbangun, just to name a few.
Galatagogues, are not the magical cure to a mothers low supply! In general, the longer a mother’s breastmilk supply has been low, the longer it will take to build it back up.
Well researched education, guidance and support, from a professional in the field of human lactation will go a long way to achieve a successful breastfeeding relationship with your baby. Contact an IBCLC today.