It seems to be a common topic among the mothers, especially the first time mothers, about facing inadequate milk production problem, especially during the confinement period.
My wife's experience can testify that there are some herbs which can be taken by the mother to help promote lactation to breastfeed the baby. In fact, those herbs are categorized in a family with a Greek name: "galactagogues".
If you want to look for such milk supply enhancement herbs in the pharmacy or baby/mother specialty shop, just mention "galactagogues" to the shopkeeper. If you find it difficult to remember this name, you can also mention "nursing tea" or "milkmaid tea" instead.
The herbs which are traditionally used to increase milk production including:
- Asparagus racemosus (a.k.a. Shatavari)
- Astragalus root
- Cnicus benedictus (a.k.a. Blessed thistle)
- Fennel (a.k.a. Foeniculum vulgare)
- Orange cinnamon
- Red raspberry leaf (a.k.a. Rubus idaeus)
- Stinging nettle
It is said that the effectiveness of herbal galactogogues can be increased by consuming together with marshmallow root at the same time.
Mothers who have used galactagogues products before are encouraged to share your testimonial here.