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Natural Health Products for Breastfeeding Moms: What to Consider and How to Use Them Safely

It is recognized that breastfeeding a child is beneficial for both the infant and the mother. Among the benefits of breastfeeding in children are: improved cognitive and IQ functions, possible protection against obesity as well as a stronger bond with the mother. Breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer as well as certain diseases including hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease.


Insufficient milk production can lead to cessation of breastfeeding in some women, especially since they may be reluctant to use a galactagogue medication such as domperidone because of the adverse effects.  . In fact, an Australian cross-sectional survey reported that 50% of the women in the study experienced adverse effects to galactagogue pharmacological treatments . Different health professionals may be asked about the use of natural health products in breastfeeding. Therefore, this synthesis tool aims to inform the various health professionals about natural alternatives to accompany the breastfeeding of mothers in order to increase their milk production.



Goat's rue

Fenugreek seed

Blessed thisle

Nettle leaf

Fennel seed

Please consult with your pharmacist or healthcare provider for recommended doses and if those supplements could be beneficial and safe for your health



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