Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation

Herbs to increase milk supply

Herzl Family Practice Centre, Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic and Program Patient handout

Many herbs and natural products have been used by mothers in various cultures, over the years, to increase breastmilk supply. Below are three common herbs. However, we recommend you consult a naturopath or herbalist before taking these products. Caution must be taken as herbs can cause side effects and interact with other pills.

Fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)

Goat’s Rue (Galega officinalis)

The information contained in this patient handout is a suggestion only, and is not a substitute for consultation with a health professional or lactation specialist. This handout is the property of the author(s) and the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic. No part of this handout can be changed or modified without permission from the author and the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic. This handout may be copied and distributed without further permission on the condition that it is not used in any context in which the International Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes is violated. For more information, please contact the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic, Herzl Family Practice Centre, SMBD Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. © 2009