Foods & Herbs to Increase Mothers Milk Supply


From a Chinese medicine perspective, our nourishment (the nutrients we consume), create blood and blood creates milk. If, as breastfeeding mothers, we are not properly nourished our bodies will not have the resources to transform and transport nutrients into milk.

Traditional people from all reaches of the world have passed down the wisdom of what we now call galactagogues- or lactation promoting foods and herbs. This is a list of Western and Chinese herbs, and another of basic foods. 

FOODS

Apricots
Asparagus
Bone broth- (see Recipe Blueprint post)
Carrots
Black sesame seed
Chard
Fennel
Flaxseed (ground fresh)
Green beans
Kale
Oatmeal
Peas
Pecans
Raw milk or dairy product
Sweet potatoes

*Along with a diet rich in general blood nourishing foods (see Nourishing Blood post)

Western Herbs to promote lactation:

Many of these may be prepared raw, as tinctures or infusions. Many can be purchased at your local health food store.

Alfalfa
Blessed Thistle
Borage
Comfry
Fenugreek
Hops
Nettles
Red Clover
Raspberry Leaf


Chinese Herbs to promote lactation:

Again, it is best to have Chinese herbal formulas for breastfeeding, prescribed by your provider. But here's a sneak peak. 

Ren Shen (ginseng radix ) & Huang Qi (astragalus root)
-build qi and blood to promote milk

Dang Gui (angelica), Bai Shao (white peony) & Mai Men Dong
-nourish blood, promote fluid to increase lactation.



Feel free to email with questions. Katherinestarbird@gmail.com

Kat Starbird, M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac., birth doula