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Want to boost your milk supply? Get to know your galactagogues.

Galactagogue pron: "gah-lak'ta-gog" - a substance that may help to promote milk supply in breastfeeding mamas.

Here's the low down.  For some mums, they are reported to work like magic and the effect is like unblocking a kink in a garden hose. Others may question their efficacy, they notice little difference at all.  I'm going to say it, everyone's different.  But if you feel like you've tried everything and you're finding it hard keeping up with your baby's needs, you might want to try introducing some galactagogues into your diet.

With both of my little ones, I really struggled with my supply in the first few months. I felt like I had tried everything. I was either attached to my baby or my breastpump 24-7, staying hyper hydrated rotating between water and fennel tea.  I was taking fenugreek tablets, using booby massage, getting as much rest as I could...but after every let down, and my baby boy look like he'd finished up, he would start crying for more boob.  It was heartbreaking! So what did I do? What do most mums do? I Googled.  And I found them - the galactagogues.

See, galactagogues work in such a way that they increase the production of prolactin. A protein best known for its role in enabling breastfeeding mamas to produce milk. More prolactin = more milk.  

Where can you get them?

Here are some more common galactagogues:

  • Whole grains, especially oats (but go for steel cut, not instant oatmeal)
  • Brewer's yeast (spotted at my local supermarket!)
  • Dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, broccoli)
  • Nuts and seeds, especially almonds.
  • Alfalfa
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek (try a tea)
  • Chickpeas
  • Ginger
  • Papaya
  • Sesame

Some less common galactagogues:

  • Blessed Thistle
  • Goat's Rue
  • Hops
  • Stinging nettles
  • Carom

Safe to say, I got a little obsessed with my galactagogues, and started incorporating them everywhere.  I'll post my recipe for my galacta-licious raw balls soon!