galactagogue

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Fenugreek is a traditional galactagogue

From Ancient Greek γάλακτος (gálaktos) (genitive of γάλα (gála, milk)) + ἀγωγός (agōgós, guide).

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galactagogue (plural galactagogues)

  1. A substance that induces lactation.
    • 2005, Jan Riordan, Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 3rd Edition, page 303,
      Galactagogues are agents that promote milk production, such as drugs, herbs, or foods. [] Domperidone, though not commercially available in the United States, is used as a galactagogue in other countries.
    • 2009, Gerald G. Briggs, Michael P. Nageotte, Diseases, Complications, and Drug Therapy in Obstetrics: A Guide for Clinicians, page 44,
      The safety of dopamine antagonists has not been adequately studied when used as galactagogues, but all have potential safety concerns for mothers, infants, or both.
      Fenugreek is an herbal product that is frequently used as a galactagogue, although no scientific evidence exists on its use for this purpose.
    • 2011, Marsha Walker, Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence, page 592,
      It is estimated that at least 15% of breastfeeding women use herbal galactagogues at some point (The National Children′s Study, 2003).

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