Natural Ways to Increase Breast Milk Production

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Question:  I’m nursing my baby but am struggling with a low milk supply. Are there any natural ways to boost my production?

James Dudley

Curejoy Expert James Dudley Explains:

Natural Ways to Increase Breast Milk

Every mother wants the best for their baby especially the enormous benefits of breast milk’s disease fighting antibodies. Also nothing matches the bonding and precious together time that breastfeeding provides.

Lactating mothers who find it difficult to generate sufficient milk for the baby are generally recommended to breastfeed at least 8 to 12 times a day, to offer both breasts at every feeding to ensure that the baby is getting the proper balance of foremilk and hindmilk, to utilize breast compression, to avoid artificial nipples, and if nothing works, to use a certified Breast Pump to increase milk production.

Even after trying all of these methods, some mothers fail to generate enough milk. With natural herbal help from Mother Nature, low breast milk is no reason to quit. Galactagogues are nature’s herbal gifts to increase lactation, and have been used for centuries to help increase milk supply.

[Read: Making Breast Feeding Easy And Effective For First Time Mothers]


One of the best and strongest herbs for increasing milk production including mothers of adopted babies. Not recommended for use by diabetics or those who are on strict insulin regimens as excess dosage can reduce blood sugar.

Goat’s Rue

A powerful herb for stimulating milk production it has been shown to increase milk production by 50% in many cases, and may also stimulate the development of the mammary glands themselves.


Along with increasing breast milk production it is also extremely helpful in relieving symptoms of gas, colic and indigestion in the mother and child (through breast milk).

Red Raspberry Leaf

It is an uterine toner, helping the uterus get back to normal, apart from increasing breast milk production.

Chaste Tree (Vitex)

This potent herb is very helpful for women who are experiencing hormonal imbalances, such as PMS symptoms, while breastfeeding. Note: May re-start the menses in nursing women.


Contains vital Vitamin K a blood clotting agent that helps avoid hemorrhage during delivery, helps the body recover quickly, and also improves quantity of breastmilk.

Nettle (Urtica dioica)

This delicious vegetable is a wonderful pregnancy tonic useful during lactation to increase breast milk as well as for providing nutritive support for the nursing mother.

Blessed Thistle (Our Lady’s Milk Thistle)

It increases breast milk while helping to alleviate mild forms of postpartum depression. Warning: Not to be consumed during pregnancy.


Helps balance the adrenals as well as increase breast milk production. Warning: Not for long-term usage and alkaloids can impact liver function.

Anise Seed (Pimpinella Anisum)

A culinary spice and a digestive herb that helps dispel gas and relieve indigestion and nausea as well as increase milk flow.

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

Has immense liver protecting qualities while significantly increasing breast milk.

Sometimes getting these organic herbs locally and vouching for their quality and purity can be a chore. In such cases try a blended galactagogue tea like Organic Milkmaid Tea. You can drink this without the need to make the concoctions and allow your body to naturally start the internal healing process.


CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Nguyễn Trí Tuấn
Nguyễn Trí Tuấn 5pts

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Vishakha Gupta
Vishakha Gupta 5pts

Is pal ka koyi mol nhi h missing that moment wh i also so small baby

Nadja Hawas
Nadja Hawas 5pts

Dhanya Merlin Nosheen Anna a good read if you need advice

Anamika Jain
Anamika Jain 5pts

Informative . But I guess they are for new mothers . I am feeding by 13 month old , along with solid food . Is there anything I can do to keep up the supply ?

Kimberly Leal
Kimberly Leal 5pts

The baby in the photo isn't properly latched! Your baby's mouth should form a "C" shape.

Ayurveda 5pts

Preeti Dahiya Thanks! :)

Melinda Greaux
Melinda Greaux 5pts

Best way to go your baby need it to grow health and strong I did it 3 times my mother did it 8 times and mother in law 10 times daughter 2 times daughter in law 2 times the satisfaction you get and the bond you make is priceless

Dulce Galilea Cervantes
Dulce Galilea Cervantes 5pts

Thanks! I'm lucky to have great supply. But just in case it drops with work its a great resource

Mysticah Lorhe
Mysticah Lorhe 5pts

haha i miss this moment when the bb suck it and you r looking at he/she and give a cutë smile u feel the love....

Alyssa Love Ross
Alyssa Love Ross 5pts

Oh wow interesting!!! I used Fenugreek which did work a little but I smelled like maple syrup?! So weird LOL! Didn't know about all those others! \U0001f44d\U0001f3fb I'll save that for baby number 2 ;)

Gra Zie
Gra Zie 5pts

Teddy, Ronald Parrilla Toledo, no.1 si fenugreek. Mas mura pa

Christine Anne
Christine Anne 5pts

Alyssa Love Ross since we were just talking about this! It came up on my feed this am:)

Giona Sedigo
Giona Sedigo 5pts

The baby is so cute Jandalertz..can't wait

Renee Stevens
Renee Stevens 5pts

Tea makes milk....my great great grand mother and an Jamaican midwife who volunteered at woman's hospital in long beach. Gave me a hot towel in a plastic bag wrap across my breast.milk poured out. It was not too hot just right and boy it was great.best knowledge comes history of mothering not some Crack pot called an expert. Herb teas and a healthy green meal with protein

Brittanny Sloan
Brittanny Sloan 5pts

I take fenugreek and marshmallow root and it works like a charm when I feel like my supply is low. :)

Judy Jacobs
Judy Jacobs 5pts

When nursing NEVER EVER have the infants head on the same level as their stomach This causes the milk to stay in the throat area Causing ear infection Keep infants head higher than stomach

Brittany Christina
Brittany Christina 5pts

Nathalie Sheppard you'll need to know this soon too if you're breast feeding.

Karan Welling
Karan Welling 5pts

Lots of water, relaxation with fenugreek, blessed thistle! Still works wonders for me and my little one!!

Lynda Anne Carver
Lynda Anne Carver 5pts

Water, water,water...every time you nurse drink a big glass of good water...nursed my babies for 2 yrs.