Low Milk Supply?


New research is showing certain herbal supplements can function to increase milk supply! You can read the full study here.

Take aways:

  • Herbal supplement included fenugreek, turmeric, and ginger.

  • Taken 3 times daily for 4 weeks with food

  • 49% milk production increase at 2 weeks; 103% production increase at 4 weeks

  • Participants appear to have been making adequate milk at the start of the trial (~750 mL/day)

Future research needed:

  • Do we see the same results in women with low milk supply?

  • What is the independent effect of each of these herbs?

  • Is there a dose response? If so, what is the minimum dose needed to see effects?

  • What is the upper tolerable level of supplementation without adverse effects in the mother?

Current recommendations for low milk supply:

  • Make sure the baby is getting enough food; use donor human milk or formula for supplementation if they are not

  • Feed the baby directly at the breast (or pump if not feeding at the breast) at least 8 times in 24 hours; at least one of these sessions should be at night (11p-6a) and don't go more than 6 hours between feeds/pumping sessions

  • If feeding at the breast, pump or hand express for 5-10 minutes after the baby feeds and feed or store any expressed milk

  • Have the baby's feeding position assessed by an IBCLC, CLC, or peer counselor

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