Beyond Fenugreek: An Individualized Approach to Herbal Galactagogues

Time-frame: 60-120 minutes
CERP: yes

Do herbs help support healthy lactation for some? How can we approach galactagogues for lactating parents in an individualized way? How can clinicians evaluate evidence and determine safety regarding galactagogues?
Herbs have been used throughout history to nourish the postpartum parent and enhance lactation. Today over 80% of the global population use plant medicines in postpartum and infant care. Parents coping with milk supply concerns are often desperate to ‘try anything’ that might help. As a clinician, you play an essential role in helping families understand the risks and benefits of herbs during lactation. By identifying meaningful resources and reliable information around galactagogues, health professionals empower families to make safe, informed choices. Beyond Fenugreek critically examines the use of herbal galactagogues to support lactation and postpartum mood concerns. This module focuses on the foundational need for individualized support when it comes to galactagogue discussion and selection.

Note: Longer versions of this talk (120 mins+) can include information about dietary galactagogues as well.


  • Understand why foods and herbs may be needed to support optimal lactation
  • Understand the different ways that galactogogues support lactation
  • Understand a personalized approach to selecting appropriate galactogogues
  • Locate resources on galactogogues and herbal safety

Note: This talk is a popular one and participants always come away learning something new. Foods and herbs for supporting lactation and wellness have a long-standing history. Participants will enjoy a colorful presentation that looks at galactogogues in an individualized way. Also, the foundational need for lactation support from a nutrition standpoint will also be covered. Conference attendees will enjoy hearing a fresh perspective on galactogogues!

Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC

Country: United States
Phone number: 360-830-6455
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