What is a galactagogue?

What is a galactagogue?

Galactagogues Unveiled: Nurturing Your Milk Supply Naturally

Welcoming a new life into the world brings a lot of joy, but it also comes with the responsibility of nourishing and caring for a little one. For breastfeeding mothers, maintaining a healthy milk supply is often a top priority. Enter the world of galactagogues—ingredients traditionally used to promote lactation.

In this blog post, we'll explore what galactagogues are. 

The term "galactagogue" might sound like a scientific mystery, but"galacta” comes from the greek word which means milk, and “gogue” which means leading to or promoting. 

Galactagogues can be found in various foods & herbs. The beauty of galactagogues lies in their ability to enhance lactation, providing a gentle boost for mothers seeking to ensure an ample milk supply.

Common Galactagogues

More than just a breakfast staple, oats are celebrated for their rich beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber. This not only aids in digestion but is also linked to increased levels of prolactin, a hormone crucial for milk production.

Brewer's Yeast
Commonly found in beer-making, brewer's yeast is a nutritional powerhouse. It's rich in B-vitamins, protein, and iron, making it a popular choice among breastfeeding mothers seeking a natural boost in milk supply. 

A lot of women we've met at trade shows these past few years have said, "oh yeah, my mum said she got a glass of beer or Guinness after birth in the hospital!"


Keeping Hydrated when Breastfeeding 

Never underestimate the importance of staying well-hydrated. Water, herbal teas, and lactation-friendly beverages can contribute significantly to overall lactation support.

Whether in the form of lactation cookies, herbal teas, or simply as part of your daily meals, incorporating galactagogues into your diet can be helpful to your breastfeeding journey.