We’re at an expansive time in our family. We've recently had our second, and there are new cousins galore. Milk and breasts have become common topics of conversation. We talk about frequency, we talk about duration, and we talk about quantity. Thankfully, we haven’t had to talk much about galactagogues.
Galacta-quoi? You might very well ask.
A galactagogue is not, as you might suppose, the supreme ruler of the galaxy. No, a galactagogue is a substance that promotes lactation. It boosts milk production.
Low milk supply is rare - estimated at about 5% - but those 5 in 100 cases are a concern.
Mother’s milk is simply the perfect food for babies. No substitute delivers the same exactingly designed nutrients. There’s nothing like it to build babies’ immune-systems. Breastfeeding, we now know, confers health benefits that may last a lifetime.
Milk supply is usually just a matter of milk ducts responding to demand cues. If a baby is allowed to nurse on demand, the mother’s body will respond by producing what’s needed. As needs spike, supply rises to the occasion.
Anything that interferes with the natural signal from baby to mother can impact milk supply. Scheduling feedings, for example, or using occasional bottles can trigger a signal that less milk is required. Mothers of prematurely born infants sometimes fall into a low demand/low supply bind when their premie is too small to breastfeed at the outset.
For some, medical conditions are to blame. Diabetes and pre-diabetes, for example, can give rise to difficulty in breastfeeding; there seems to be a link between low insulin/insulin resistance, and low supply. With diabetes on the rise - particularly among young women - we can expect to see more of this.
It’s not surprising that the same superfood used to normalize blood glucose can also increase milk supply, regardless of why it may be low.
Moringa oleifera leaves support lactation naturally. In a recent pediatrics study comparing mothers of pre-term babies, those who took moringa leaves daily had much greater milk volume: 152% to 176% greater, in fact.
We spoke on the subject with Sitara Hewitt, La Leche League Canada (LLLC) spokesperson. The Canadian actress and holistic living expert has this to say:
“While breastfeeding may be the single most healthful and bonding experience for baby and mother, it's not always easy. There are, however, natural ways to work out the kinks. When you do, you may find it becomes the best part of your day. Moringa is a powerhouse of nutrition and thankfully, easy to obtain now. Along with good latching technique (see www.lllc.ca) you could turn a frustrating experience into a very rewarding and simple one."
Moringa is a natural, vegan, whole food and SuperLeaf Moringa is both USDA-certified organic and raw. We’ve gone to great lengths to find moringa of the highest quality, and of unparalleled purity. You can feel confident knowing that nothing but pure goodness goes into our products.
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Estrella MC, Mantaring JB, David GZ, Taup MA. A double-blind, randomized controlled trial on the use of malunggay (Moringa oleifera) for augmentation of the volume of breastmilk among non-nursing mothers of preterm infants. Philipp J Pediatr. 2000;49:3-6.