Herbal galactogogues- substances that boost milk production– are often looked upon suspiciously by those who are not familiar with them. But when a client is already doing her best and prescription galactogogues don’t fit well into the picture, what else can be done? Parents increasingly ask about herbs, but many LCs and health care providers have little knowledge and feel uncomfortable when asked to provide guidance. This session will familiarize the learner with important herb issues then examine individual profiles, research and clinical experience for some of the most popular reputed galactogogue herbs and products.
This session starts with an overview primer on herbs in general, reviews potential galactogogue mechanisms, and then examines specific herbs. The talk is customizable and designed to be audience driven after the overview so that we can focus on the herbs and products of greatest interest to the group. *Specific herb monographs *Combination products such as tinctures, capsules and teas *Optional: a brief on homeopathic galactogogues **Note: Ethics concerns are touched upon briefly. For a more in-depth discussion, pair this talk with the stand-alone Ethics session.