Beyond Fenugreek: An Individualized Approach to Herbal Galactagogues

Time-frame: 60-120 minutes
CERP: yes

While some clinicians might roll their eyes when ‘lactation cookies’ are mentioned we know foods and herbs have long been used to nourish the postpartum parent and enhance lactation. Some topics this talk aims to cover: Does nourishment matter when it comes to breastmilk quality or quantity? How can we approach galactogogues for lactating parents in an individualized way? How can clinicians evaluate evidence and determine safety regarding galactogogues? We know that parent coping with milk supply concerns are often desperate to ‘try anything’. Clinicians have an important role in helping families understand the risks and benefits of galactogogues. By helping parents identify resources and information around foods and herbs, we can help empower them to make informed choices.


  • 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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