There are many reasons for low milk supply and, at times, herbal supplements can help. A consultation with an IBCLC is an important step in determining the cause of low milk supply and whether herbal supplements are indicated. There are a variety of herbs that can be used, but listed below are a few all-purpose herbs and combination supplements that I suggest routinely.
Fenugreek is one of the oldest documented herbal supplements, and according to animal research studies that have been conducted, fenugreek appears to raise prolactin plasma levels and may stimulate growth hormone. Fenugreek is commonly sold in 610mg capsules and the usual dosage is 3 capsules, 3 times per day.
Blessed Thistle is another herb that has been used for centuries and is considered a hormone balancer. It is often used along with fenugreek and the usual dosage is 1 capsule, 3 times per day.
For women with a history of PCOS, Goat’s Rue is said to increase breast tissue and has anti-diabetic properties. Metformin, a pharmaceutical drug used to treat PCOS, is actually derived from one of the components of Goats Rue. As a single herb, Goats Rue can be purchased as a liquid capsule or liquid extract by Motherlove. The product label provides instructions for use.
Motherlove More Milk Plus is a combination product that contains fenugreek and blessed thistle along with nettle leaf and fennel seed, both of which are beneficial for milk ejection and hormonal balance, but are not usually used independently.
Motherlove More Milk Special Blend contains all the ingredients in More Milk Plus, but also contains Goats rue.