fenugreek, ginger, turmeric combination promotes breast milk

Herbs that encourage breast milk are called galactogogues from the ancient Greek words meaning to bring milk. A safe, effective galactagogue would be really good news for breastfeeding mothers.

Fenugreek is a famous traditional galactagogue that has scientific support. Placebo-controlled research has confirmed the ability of fenugreek tea to significantly increase breast milk (J Altern Complement Med 2011;17:139-42).

In an interesting new study, researchers tried combining fenugreek with ginger and turmeric. Fifty women took part in a double-blind study that compared a placebo to a supplement containing 200 mg fenugreek, 10 mg ginger, and 100 mg turmeric. They breastfeeding women each took 3 capsules 3 times a day before meals for 4 weeks.

The herbal galactagogues worked really well. Breast milk volume went up by 49% after the second week versus an increase of only 11% in the placebo group. By the end of the 4 week study, breast milk volume was up by 103% in the herb group compared to an increase of only 24% in the placebo group. The herbal galactagogues worked significantly better than the placebo and were very safe.


Breastfeed Med 2018;13(10):645-50


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