Is it possible to increase the breast milk?
A mother’s best gift to her baby is breast milk. Breastfeeding is the healthiest, safe, cost-free, and practical way to feed the baby.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Relief Fund (UNICEF) recommends that each baby should be fed only with breast milk (without even water) for the first 6 months from birth. Then, the breastmilk should be given at least until the age of 2 with additional nutrients.
Mothers resort to various traditional practices and often herbal teas, considering that their milk is not enough, and their babies are not saturated. The people they consult about this are health professionals or people around them. What does science say about it?
There are more than 400 medicinal plants as galactagogue (milk enhancer) in the literature. Although it is noted that some herbal teas increase breast milk, there are no evidence-based studies on this issue yet.
It is not scientifically known whether these foods have milk enhancing properties, but they are often used with recommendations based on individual experiences. Some of them increase prolactin secretion and some of them contribute to milk production as they provide psychological relief.
Food that promotes increased breast milk in experiments on rats is as follows:
– Camel thistle, black sesame, anise, grape seed, shrub plant, banana blossom…
In research based on the experience of mothers, nutrients that increase milk are as follows:
Fenugreek, fennel tea, basil, banana flowers, ginger, papaya, coriander, chives, garlic, birdwort, camel thistle, goat motherwort, black sesame, anise, black grape seed, dill, nettle, oats paste, cake, carrot, oily seeds (peanuts, nuts, almonds, etc.) sesame, spinach, beet leaf, cumin, gourd, linden, quince leaves, amber flower, vervain, goat psoriasis…
It is also emphasized that herbal tea consumption more than 600-700 ml can be harmful.