Once the baby is born, and lactation is established, milk production is achieved through the stimulation of the mother’s nipple by her son. This simple action sets in motion a cascade of hormones that make breastfeeding possible.
However, something that worries mothers too often is the feeling that we do not produce enough milk, something that is often totally subjective, it does not stop being a sensation (as it can happen in the so-called ‘growth crisis’).
We give you tricks to increase milk during breastfeeding.
Home remedies to increase breast milk production
Since the beginning of humanity, or almost, herbs have been used in different cultures whose properties, supposedly, were to increase the production of breast milk; It is what we know as galactagogues.
Most of these substances have not been scientifically evaluated, so they do not know their real effectiveness. In addition, many of the infusions used to increase the production of milk in the mother are contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation , or because they pass into the milk (and consequently the baby, which may cause some harmful effect) or because far from getting the desired result, what they do is decrease milk production.
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These remedies of the grandmother, are not all as safe as they seem, or its effect is not desired. Let’s analyze the most used:
- Fenugreek: it is a plant of the pea family, it is assumed that milk production begins 48 hours after starting to consume infusions made with leaves. It is rated as quite safe by e-lactancia.org (risk 1)
- Anise: in the form of dried seeds. Considered unsafe by the web e-lactancia.org (risk 2), it can produce the opposite effect and decrease milk production.
- Alfalfa: Considered unsafe by the web e-lactancia.org (risk 2)
- Fennel: The fruits of the herb are used. Considered unsafe by e-lactancy.org (risk 2) and that can decrease milk production.
- Cumin: It seems to be contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation. Unknown risk level.
- Chasteberry: Mature fruits are used. ATTENTION risk 3, totally contraindicated during lactation. Decreases milk production
- Beer, brewer’s yeast and barley derivatives: There is no risk to breastfeeding and could increase milk production due to an existing polysaccharide.