Galactogogues are compounds involved in the production of milk for lactation. Many supplements have been used to aid in increased milk production, but the effectiveness of most of these is largely debated (1). One of the most popular herbal supplements used to increase milk production is fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum). Support for fenugreek’s effectiveness is widespread but largely anecdotal (2). Although its constituents are well-known, only a few scientifically stringent studies have measured the effects of fenugreek on lactation. These studies found that fenugreek does indeed significantly increase milk production in lactating women consistently over a 28 day period by 20 percent when compared to the group receiving no supplementation (3).
Remarkably, another herbal compound has been found to be far more effective than fenugreek. It is known as Torbangun, a local plant of Indonesia. Women in indonesia often use this herb to make soup for nursing women. The extracted dried leaves of this plant show a 65 percent increase in milk production compared to women not taking galactogue supplements (3). This is nearly 50 percent more effective than fenugreek alone.
Torbangun or Plectranthus amboinicus, is also known as Indian Borage or Cuban Oregano. It is an extremely hard herb to find and here at Elk Haven Herbals we’ve gone to great lengths to procure it and grow it ourselves.
That is why in our Boob Food ® you’ll find not only fenugreek but Indian Borage as well! Our 60 mL bottle provides a one month's supply.
1. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol Committee (2011). “Use of galactogogues in initiating or augmenting the rate of maternal milk secretion”. Breastfeeding Medicine. Vol. 6, Number 1.
2. K. Srinivasan (2006). “Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum): A review of health beneficial physiological effects.” Food Reviews International, Vol. 22:203–224.
3. Rizal Damanik, Mark L Wahlqvist, and N. Wattanapenpaiboon (2006). “Lactagogue effects of Torbangun, a Bataknese traditional cuisine”. Asian Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 15 (2):267-274.
*Results may vary. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking any dietary supplement.