Using Goat's Rue to suport your milk supply

May 16, 2011

Goat’s rue ( Galega officinalis) is an herb which has been long used to support milk supply.

Never heard of it?  That may be because it’s a popular galactagogue in France but is less well known in the U.S.  But we think that’s going to change as more people get to know this pretty and powerful plant.

What’s special about this herb?

Developing mammary tissue. Goat’s rue is one of the most potent herbs to stimulate the development of mammary tissue.  For this reason, it can be particularly helpful for women who did not experience breast growth during pregnancy, women with insufficient glandular tissue/breast hypoplasia, women who have had breast surgeries, and adoptive mothers.  It’s even used to increase breast size in non-lactating women.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Goat’s rue may also be helpful for mothers who have low milk supply as a result of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  In a guest post on PCOS on our blog, Lisa Marasco, IBCLC explained: “Metformin was originally developed from the herb goat’s rue, which is known for its antidiabetic properties as well as its reputed ability to stimulate milk production and breast gland development. This makes goat’s rue particularly appropriate for women with PCOS who are struggling with low milk supply.”

Motherlove sells goat’s rue in several forms:  As a single-herb liquid extract and liquid capsule and in More Milk Special Blend.  More Milk Special Blend is our best-selling More Milk Plus formula with added goat’s rue - a product we developed at the request of lactation consultants.  It’s sold as a liquid extract, an alcohol free liquid extract, and alcohol free liquid capsules.

For more information on the use of goat’s rue to support milk supply, see this page on Low Milk Supply.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

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