How to increase Breastmilk production

How to increase Breastmilk production using simple remedies

By Veena Deo

New moms, many times have this dilemma as to how to increase breastmilk production in a safe natural way. I may have some answers to this age old question. Any substance or an agent that increases milk supply is called a Galactagogue. Mother’s milk has been compared with Nectar in Ayurveda. Mother’s milk plays an important role in maintaining the baby’s health as it helps to improve the immunity of the baby.

In this article I will be discussing the concept of increasing breastmilk via natural and home remedies. In most cases these ideas should help, but in some extreme cases it is important to take help of a health care professional

How to increase breastmilk production using remedies-

Cumin seed (Cumimum cyminum) helps to stimulate milk quantity and to improve digestion. Make this part of your daily diet.

Eat Rice along with Black Sesame seeds. It is a rich source of calcium and is useful to increase breastmilk.

Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) is a powerful rejuvenator. It acts as a Galactagogue, tonic and demulcent. Here is a study that states the crude alcoholic extract of the Shatavari roots increased the weight of mammary glands in post partum and estrogen primed group. Ref:  Sabnis PB et al, 1968, Indian  J Exptl Biol, 6, 55). Ethanopharmacological data on Galactagogue action of Asparagus racemosus has been documented by Girach RD et al, 1993, Survey of Medical Plant Unit, Regional Research Institute, Central Council for Research in  Unani Medicine, Bhadrak, Orissa. It is advisable to take Shatavari in powder form or in granular form. If Shatavari powder is not available take Asparagus Remedies herbal supplements.

Blessed Thistle a plant extract helps to stimulate milk production, especially in combination with Red Raspberry leaves. Raspberry leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals and they help the uterus to recover and regain the size and shape quickly.

Trying to relax is very important. A hectic life style makes a person tired, and this may affect the secretion of milk. Take some Stress supplements if required.

Drink 10 to 12 glass of water daily. If a body is in dehydrated condition, then it will affect the Breast milk secretions.

Oatmeal is advisable. Oats are the great source of Iron, calcium and fiber.

Avoid the food which cannot be digested easily.

In India Garlic and Ginger are used while cooking the food for nursing mother. This should definitely help. But if the woman has lost a lot of blood during delivery, then avoid  using ginger. Also, do not combine Garlic with anticoagulants, as it has blood thinning properties.

Take Spirulina with Amla powder and black pepper powder.

B complex and Vitamin C taken by  nursing women, helps to increase breastmilk.

Holy Basil leaves are also useful to increase breast milk. Hence add it in soups or take it with honey. It is a rich source of Vitamin K.

Fenugreek (Methi) is helpful in breastmilk production. Add it to your daily diet.

Products like Butter, Oil are the fatty products and are necessary to increase Breastmilk.

Cyperus Rotundus (Nut Grass) acts as a Galactagogue. It is also useful to treat obesity. If powder is not available take Cyperus rotundus herbal supplements.

Centella asiatica (Mandukaparni) is a useful herb for increased milk production. This herb promotes lactation after childbirth. Ref: Sharma PV, 1992, Dravyagun Vigyan Vol II, 5).

Carrot seeds are known to improve breastmilk supply, so include it in your daily meal, in salads or in soups.

In the end to answer the question as to how to increase breastmilk production, the answer lies in following certain useful  remedies. Again in extreme one should always talk to a Medical Doctor. I hope the above information that I provided is useful for all people that are trying to address this condition.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to


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