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You may have heard of some of the herbs which increase milk supply - herbs like the ones included in our More Milk Plus and More Milk Special Blend.
But did you know that there are herbs which reduce your milk supply? Here are a few to be aware of:*
Like galactagogues, these herbs have a greater effect on milk supply when eaten regularly in large or concentrated amounts, so a parsley garnish or a sprinkle of sage isn’t likely to do much harm.
But sometimes these herbs appear in concentrated amounts in places you wouldn’t expect, like green drinks and smoothies, mints, and even Thanksgiving stuffing. There are many recipes for green smoothies which contain parsley, which is an otherwise wonderfully nutritious herb. As noted above, tabouleh can also contain a lot of parsley. Mints made with peppermint oil may contain enough menthol to affect supply if eaten regularly. And Thanksgiving stuffing is often made with sage, and many of us eat leftover stuffing for days after the holiday.
So, while breastfeeding we encourage you to eat foods containing these ingredients in moderation. If you are having difficulty with milk supply you may want to avoid them altogether.
*This information is provided for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.