23 Lactation Herbs

lactation herbsHere is the huge alphabetical list of herbs that are reported to aid lactation in several different ways – either increase breast milk production, build milk-making tissue or increase the number of letdowns. Use this list as a stating point creating your own lactation herbal supplement. See our lactation herbs article for the benefits of creating your own blend.

Alfalfa

      • Use: General milk increase, Pituitary Aid (the source of lactation hormones)
      • Contraindications: Lupus and other autoimmune disorders, related to peanuts – those with peanut allergies should use with caution
      • Sources: Health food stores, online
      • Ingredient in Lactiful Supply Max

Anise Seed

  • Use: General milk increase, better milk ejection, colic reduction
  • Contraindications: Not for use during pregnancy, Do not mistake for Star of Anise.
  • Sources: Spice section of most grocery stores, health food stores, online
  • Ingredient in Lactiful Supply Max

Blessed Thistle

  • Use: General milk increase when combined with Fenugreek
  • Contraindications: People with ulcers and other stomach conditions, Not for use during pregnancy
  • Sources: Health food stores, online
  • Ingredient in Lactiful Supply Max

Borage Oil

  • Use: General milk increase, increase fat content of milk
  • Contraindications: Do not take in high doses, or for an extended time, cau- tion should be used during preganancy
  • Sources: Online

Brewer’s Yeast

  • Use: General milk increase
  • Contraindications: Use with antibiotics or within one week of taking antibiotics
  • Sources: Health food stores, online

Caraway Seed

  • Use: General milk increase, better milk ejection, colic reduction
  • Contraindications: Mothers of lethargic babies, mothers with breast infections
  • Sources: Grocery stores, health food stores, online

Chasteberry

  • Use: General milk increase, better milk ejection, hormone bal- ancing, pituitary aid
  • Contraindications: Do not take for more than 1 week. May inhibit effects of domperidone, metoclopramide, and birth control. Not for use during pregnancy. Results of using chasteberry may vary widely.
  • Sources: Some health food stores, online

Cumin

  • Use: General milk increase, better milk ejection, colic reduction
  • Contraindications: Mothers of lethargic babies, mothers with breast infections
  • Sources: Grocery stores, health food stores, online

Dandelion Leaves

  • Use: General milk increase
  • Contraindications: People with gallstones
  • Sources: Your lawn, health food stores, online

Dill Seed

  • Use: General milk increase, better milk ejection, colic reduction
  • Contraindications: Mothers of lethargic babies, mothers with breast infections
  • Sources: Grocery stores, health food stores, online

Elder Flower

  • Use: General milk increase
  • Contraindications: None
  • Sources: Health food stores, online

Fennel

  • Use: General milk increase, colic reduction, hunger suppres- sion (in mother)
  • Contraindications: Mothers of lethargic babies, mothers with breast infections Avoid essential oil during pregnancy
  • Sources: Grocery stores, health food stores, online
  • Ingredient in Lactiful Supply Max

Fenugreek

  • Use: General milk increase
  • Contraindications: Hypothyroid, hypoglycemia or diabetes, related to pea- nuts – those with peanut allergies should use with caution, Those with asthma should use with caution. Not for use during pregnancy
  • Sources: Grocery stores, health food stores, online
  • Ingredient in Lactiful Supply Max

Goat’s Rue

  • Use: General milk increase, glandular tissue generation
  • Contraindications: Hypoglycemia or diabetes
  • Sources: Some herbal stores, online
  • Ingredient in Lactiful Supply Max

Hollyhock Root

  • Use: Increases the effectiveness of other herbs
  • Contraindications: None
  • Sources: Home garden

Marshmallow Root

  • Use: Increases the effectiveness of other herbs
  • Contraindications: Avoid taking at the same time as medications
  • Sources: Some health food stores, online
  • Ingredient in Lactiful Supply Max

Milk Thistle

  • Use: General milk increase
  • Contraindications: Prior substance abuse
  • Sources: Some health food stores, online

Nettle, or Stinging Nettle

Oat Straw

  • Use: General milk increase, hormone balancing, pituitary aid
  • Contraindications: Celiac Disease (contains gluten)
  • Sources: Some health food stores, online

Red Clover Blossoms

  • Use: General milk increase
  • Contraindications: Not for use with aspirin, blood thinners, hormone birth control, caution should be used during pregnancy. Avoid fermented red clover.
  • Sources: Some health food stores, online

Red Raspberry Leaf

  • Use: Better milk ejection, May help to prevent hemorrhaging during birth when taken during pregnancy
  • Contraindications: Not for long term use
  • Sources: Some health food stores, online

Saw Palmetto

  • Use: Hormone balancing, increase breast tissue
  • Contraindications: Bleeding disorders
  • Sources: Some health food stores, online

Shatavari

  • Use: General milk increase
  • Contraindications: Not for use during pregnancy
  • Sources: Health food stores, online

Vervain

  • Use: General milk increase
  • Contraindications: Don’t use during pregnancy or with sedative, alcohol or antidepressants, may interfere with medication for blood pressure and hormone therapy Not for long term use.
  • Sources: Health food stores, online

That huge list of lactation herbs can be overwhelming. See our article on creating your own herbal regimen for guidance. heart-logo

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