Galactagogues are, most simply, substances that can help to increase a woman’s supply of breast milk. Galactagogues are most often found in herbs, although there are some prescription medications available that can also help to increase a woman’s supply of breast milk. Some of the herbs that contain galactagogues can include alfalfa, blessed thistle, and fenugreek.
The fact of the matter is that it can take some time for a woman’s body to adjust to breastfeeding. It can take a while for the woman’s supply of breast milk to be in line with the rate at which her baby needs that breast milk. In some cases, it may take some experimenting with various techniques before things are quite on par. In some cases, a woman may feel that she is not producing enough breast milk. By using galactagogues, a woman can help to increase her supply of breast milk.
Galactagogues tend to be most useful for women who have had little nor no success with traditional ways of increasing a woman’s supply of breast milk. The best way to increase a woman’s supply of breast milk is simply to nurse more frequently. Having said that, galactagogues can also be useful when a woman may have a lethargic milk duct that just isn’t producing enough breast milk. Galactagogues may also be useful, for example, for working mothers who need to increase the amount of breast milk that they are pumping. Galactagogues can also be useful for adoptive mothers to help them produce enough breast milk for their baby.
There are a variety of ways to get galactagogues. One of the best way is through herbal teas that may contain herbs like those mentioned above. If you have a need to increase your milk supply, this sort of herbal tea may be your best option.