Using Goat’s Rue to Support Your Milk Supply
Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis) is an herb which has been long used to support milk supply. It is often recommended by lactation consultants, and we at Motherlove love it so much that we even grow it on our own farm, where this photograph was taken.
You may be wondering, what's so special about this herb? Below are just a couple of reasons why Motherlove has a few products containing goat's rue.
Helps develop mammary tissue. Goat’s rue is one of the most potent herbs to help build mammary tissue. For this reason, it can be particularly helpful for women who did not experience an increase in breast size during pregnancy, women who have had breast surgeries, and adoptive mothers.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Goat’s rue may also be helpful for mothers who have low milk supply as a result of a hormonal imbalance, such as 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 or liquid capsule, as well as in our popular blend, More Milk Special Blend, which was developed at the request of, and in conjunction with lactation consultants. This blend is made by adding goat's rue to the herbs in our best-selling More Milk Plus— fenugreek, blessed thistle, nettle and fennel. More Milk Special Blend is sold as a liquid extract, an alcohol free liquid extract, and an alcohol free liquid capsule.
Photo credit: Aaron Colussi