Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 18, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Sometimes, however, low milk supply, insufficient milk ‘let-down’ (ejection), difficulty latching on or nipple confusion, can make nursing a challenge, especially with a firstborn.
Don’t be discouraged! Nursing challenges are common, but with a little perseverance they can be overcome. Breast milk is the perfect food for the newborn and provides them with important immune protection, both for infancy and beyond.
Herbs that enhance breast milk production and encourage easier milk secretion and flow can help. These are known as galactagogues, and they’ve been safely used by countless mothers and midwives through the ages. Their reputation is well-established and well-earned!
Nursing Mother Milk Support™ features some of the best of these time-tested galactagogues, including:
• Goat’s Rue Herb (Galega officinalis)
• Shatavari Root (Asparagus racemosus)
• Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
• Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare)
• Blessed Thistle Herb (Cnicus benedictus)
• Nettles Leaf (Urtica dioica)
In addition to its benefits for the newborn, breastfeeding also provides important health benefits to the nursing mom as well. Hormones which are stimulated by the suckling action of the baby not only encourage the return of the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size, they also increase the mother’s metabolism to support her return to pre-pregnancy weight.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan