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Does Moringa increase breast milk production?

January 25th, 2012

by Indrani Soemardjan

136328869 e7b1818618 m Does Moringa increase breast milk production?Breast milk refers to the milk produced by the mother to feed her baby. It provides the primary source of nutrition for newborns before they are able to eat and digest other foods. Moringa has been clinically proven to increase the production of breast milk whether it is consumed before or after the birth of a baby. Mothers who took Moringa were shown to produce more than 2x the amount of breast milk than those who didn’t.

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Moringa use while Breastfeeding

22 03 2014

Moringa Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding


Summary of Use during Lactation

Moringa (Moringa oleifera) leaves contain vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids as well as a number of glycosides. It is used as a galactogogue in Asia,[1] particularly in the Philippines where it is called malunggay. Two small studies from the Philippines indicate that it might have some activity as a galactogogue in mothers of preterm infants.[2][3] Galactogogues should never replace evaluation and counseling on modifiable factors that affect milk production.[4] Moringa oleifera leaves are widely used as a food and medicine in Asia and Africa and one small study found no adverse effects in nursing mothers who ingested moringa leaves.[2] No data exist on the safety of Moringa in nursing infants.

Dietary supplements do not require extensive pre-marketing approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. Manufacturers are responsible to ensure the safety, but do not need to prove the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements before they are marketed. Dietary supplements may contain multiple ingredients, and differences are often found between labeled and actual ingredients or their amounts. A manufacturer may contract with an independent organization to verify the quality of a product or its ingredients, but that does not certify the safety or effectiveness of a product. Because of the above issues, clinical testing results on one product may not be applicable to other products. More detailed information about dietary supplements is available elsewhere on the LactMed Web site.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Possible Effects on Lactation

Mothers who delivered an infant before week 37 of gestation were randomized to receive commercial capsules containing Moringa oleifera leaves 250 mg (n = 31) or identical placebo capsules containing flour (n = 37) twice daily from day 3 postpartum. Mothers were given instruction on using a breast pump, then pumped their breasts every 4 hours and recorded the volume of milk produced from days 3 to 5. At baseline, control mothers collected a much lower volume of milk than mothers in the treatment group. (87 vs 114 mL). Mothers in the treatment group had a greater increase in milk volume on day 4 (67% vs 42%) and day 5 (180% vs 38%) than mothers in the placebo group. Milk volumes on day 5 were 320 mL in the treatment group and 120 mL in the control group.[2] Although well designed, problems with this study include the small number of patients, the large difference in milk volumes at baseline, a high dropout rate in each group, and lack of intent-to-treat analysis.

A study presented in abstract form only studied 40 mothers with infants less than 37 weeks of gestation and producing less than 100 mL of milk on day 2 postpartum. Mothers were randomized to receive unspecified doses of domperidone, metoclopramide, Moringa oliefera leaves (dosage form not stated), or placebo. Mothers used a breast pump to collect milk at unspecified intervals and serum prolactin was measured on days 3, 7 and 14 postpartum. Baseline milk production was equivalent among the groups. On days 7 and 14, milk volume in all of the treatment groups was greater than in the placebo group. The highest volume was in the domperidone group, followed by metoclopramide, and Moringa oliefera. No correlation was found between serum prolactin and milk volume.[3]


1. Mollik AH. Plants from Sundarbans to the diet of lactating mothers during puerperium of Barguna district of Bangladesh. Pediatr Nephrol. 2010;25:1904. Abstract #298. DOI:doi:10.1007/s00467-010-1577-z

2. Estrella MC, Mantaring JB, David GZ, Taup MA. A double-blind, randomized controlled trial on the use of malunggay (Moringa oleifera) for augmentation of the volume of breastmilk among non-nursing mothers of preterm infants. Philipp J Pediatr. 2000;49:3-6.

3. Co MM, Hernandez EA, Co BG. A comparative study on the efficacy of the different galactogogues among mothers with lactational insufficiency. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding. 2002;NCE. Abstract.

4. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol Committee. ABM clinical protocol #9: use of galactogogues in initiating or augmenting the rate of maternal milk secretion (First revision January 2011). Breastfeed Med. 2011;6:41-9. PMID: 21332371

Moringa Identification

Substance Name


Scientific Name

Moringa oleifera

Drug Class

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Food
  • Galactogogues
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants, Medicinal

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number


Information from the National Library of Medicine’s LactMed Database.

Last Revision Date



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Heard of Moringa? It’s an herb that helps milk supply.

10 03 2014

For any new mother who wants to do the best for her baby, breastfeeding can easily provide many benefits. However, some women have problems producing enough milk throughout the breastfeeding years. There can be causes for low milk supply such as being under stress or having some types of hormonal imbalances. Other causes can be having duct milk damage from previous surgeries, smoking, or even getting pregnant again while nursing.  When these possible causes can be ruled out, Moringa can be an option to help increase breast milk flow…. [more]

Moringa for lactation for new mothers

12 09 2013

Testimonial from one of our customers who just had a baby several weeks prior with little to no initial breastmilk supply.


Is Moringa for Breastfeeding Mothers Safe?

12 11 2012

Is Moringa for Breastfeeding Mothers Safe?

MORINGA FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS Attention: If you are currently breast-feeding, or have ever breast-fed and suffer from a low milk supply due to inadequate production, a galactagogue or milk-producing supplement may be the right thing for you. One of these milk-producing products is called Moringa. It is produced by several different companies, and can be used as a supplement to help cure or fight disease, or it can be used to increase your breast milk production. Moringa is derived from the leaves of a Moringa tree that is found in southern Asia, and contains high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, and calcium. It also has antioxidant properties and contains phytonutrients. However, it does not contain any of the other high-quality ingredients that other high-end lactation producing products do. These ingredients include CoQ10, DHA, Choline, Inositol, probiotics, and colostrum. Research has shown that high levels of circulating DHA in your body will pass through your breast milk to your baby and help improve its eye and brain development. It will also continue to help after delivery where your baby’s brain will continue to grow and develop. Choline is another important ingredient that helps improve the reaction time of your baby’s brain cells and improves long-term memory. Finally, probiotics can help prevent eczema in your baby, and help prevent childhood obesity. What’s In Moringa for Breastfeeding Mothers? Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, Iron Powerful antioxidant properties Phytonutrients: Alpha-carotene, Beta-Carotene, Beta-cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Chlorophyll. Is Moringa for Breastfeeding Mothers safe? Moringa is safe to use both during pregnancy, and after delivery. Not only is it high in nutrients, but it has also been shown to have calming effects on the breastfeeding mother to further enhance her milk production. In order for Moringa to truly be effective, you should have been officially diagnosed with a low milk supply by a healthcare professional. And, as always, you should consult with a healthcare professional first before beginning any sort of medication or supplement. How much is Moringa for Breastfeeding Mothers? Moringa can be purchased online, and prices vary depending on the manufacturing website. Ingredient Conclusion As a professional in the OB/GYN arena, as well as a mother who breastfed all three of her babies I know first hand how difficult and emotionally exhausting breastfeeding can be. With my first baby, I was not able to produce enough breast milk for her, and was literally starving her for the first 2 months of life without even knowing it. I did not know about lactation producing products, and ended up supplementing my baby with formula. Thankfully, it seems like more options are becoming available to help enhance your experience of breastfeeding and allow you to adequately feed your baby. Moringa may be the answer for you. However, I would be hesitant to believe that it can actually double your production of milk. Regardless, it is safe for both you and your baby but will not provide the benefits that other high-end lactation products can.

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Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs For Increasing Breast Milk Production

17 09 2012

Galactagogue and lactation herbs are useful to increase breast milk production. These help to promote the supply of milk and help the baby to get proper nutrition. These are great herbal supplements for breast feeding mothers.

Some Other Related Terms:


Galactagogues: Galactagogues are those herbs or supplements or drugs that can increase the secretion or production of milk.

Hypogalactia: It is the condition where galactogue & lactation herbs are helpful. In this condition, there is inadequate secretion of breast milk.

Agalactia: This condition refers to loss of or complete lack of secretion of breast milk. One should consult a qualified herbalist or doctor for this condition.

Galactophyga: Herbs which diminish milk-flow and arrest the secretion of milk.

Galactopoiesis: The secretion and continuing production of milk by the mammary glands beyond need of the baby.

Galactorrhea: The excessive flow of milk from the breasts during lactation; spontaneous milk flow, such as when happens when a nursingmother hears another infant cry and her own breasts spurt milk.

Common Conditions Where Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs Are Required:

Galactagogue and lactation herbs are needed in certain normal physiological conditions and after some medical and surgical procedures.

  • In obese or overweight ladies, the prolactin response to suckling is low so that there will be inadequate milk supply.
  • It can also arise when the mother doesn’t let the baby suckle as frequently as she may need.
  • If the weaning or adding the nutritional supplements is too early.
  • If mother is breast feeding from one breast only.
  • When the mother is on poor nutrition.
  • This is found in women who undergo Caesarian section surgery.
  • When there had been previous breast issues, abuse or previous breastsurgeries.

Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs For Increasing Breast Milk Production:

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)

Blessed thistle or milk thistle stimulates milk production, especially in combination with red raspberry leaves. Milk thistle is also an antioxidant that is equal in potency to vitamins C and E. Besides it can help to boost up liver function.

Fenugreek Or Trigonella foenum-graecum Or Methika:

Fenugreek is the most common galacagogue and lactation herb. Fenugreek can be taken as herbal tea twice or thrice a day.  Fenugreek is considered a uterine stimulant, so do not use this herb if you are pregnant.

Fenugreek also works on the digestive system. It helps to expel the gas or flatus out that is why it might appear as causing gas in some individuals. On regular use the problem of flatulence will disappear.

Insulin-dependent diabetics should use the herb with caution or not at all, as it may affect their blood sugar readings and insulin needs. This herb, along with other therapies, has even been used successfully by non-birth mothers to help them produce breast milk for their adopted babies!

Fennel Or Foeniculum vulgare:

Fennel seed stimulates milk flow and relieves gas and colic. It increases breast milk production, but also helps to expel gas and aids in digestion and relieves colic.

Shatavari Or Asparagus racemosus:

This ayurvedic herb is greatly reputed as a galactagogue and lactation herbs. This provides nutrition to mother as well as baby. Shatavari can even be used during pregnancy. Shatavari can be used as first line herbal remedy for increasing breast milk.

Anise seed:

Anise seed aids in digestion and promotes mother’s milk production for nursing mothers.

Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum):

Cumin seed is a good digestive and galactagogue. Cumin seed can be used with jaggery.

Goat’s Rue or Galega officinalis :

Goat’ Rue stimulates milk production.


Borage is also an effective galactagogue and lactation herb, but it should not be used for longer than a week at a time as it contains an alkaloid that may be harmful to the liver. It is a great herb for cooling fevers and balancing the adrenals, and its beautiful purple flowers are edible and are a lovely addition to any salad!


Hops has been used to increase mother’s milk (which is why they say to drink beer while nursing), but can cause depression when used over an extended period of time. It may also make you sleepy! The beer in some countries contains Hops that are helpful like galactagogue and lactation herbs, but the beer in the United States doesn’t seem to have the same content or quality.

Caraway (Carum bulbocastanum):

Black Caraway aids mother’s milk production and helps in digestion disorders. It is helpful for post-partum ladies (after child birth) as a galactagogue and lactation herbs.

General Nutrient Herbs Supporting Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs:

These herbs supplement galactagogue and lactation herbs as they are rich in minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Raspberry leaf:

Red raspberry Leaf is high in vitamins and minerals and will also help the uterus to recover and regain its size and shape quickly.


Alfalfa is rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, and Vitamin K (the blood coagulant vitamin). Alfalfa is already a reputed tonic and rejuvenative herb.


Nettle or Stinging nettle is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, and Vitamin K (the blood coagulant vitamin) just like alfalfa.

Herbs Supporting Galactagogue And Lactation Herbs & Used In Common Abodminal Conditions:

These herbal supplements help galactagogue and lactation herbs. Additionally these are useful in common abdominal conditions like gas formation, flatulence.

  • Oatstraw
  • Dandelion
  • Vervain
  • Marshmallow root
  • Lemon balm or Melissa officinalis is helpful for relieving gas and colic pain. Lemonbalm is calming as well.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)  is calming and is  useful in colic or spasmodic pain for both mother and baby. Besides Chamomile helps with teething pain.
  • Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is useful in the form of  cream or ointment externally on sore nipples between feedings. Pot Marigold keeps the skin of nipple in healthy condition.

The Amazing Benefits of Moringa Oleifera as A Breast Feeding Supplement

16 09 2012

The Amazing Benefits of Moringa Oleifera as A Breast Feeding Supplement

Submitted on June 5, 2012 – 07:20

By: Paul Baterna

(EMAILWIRE.COM, May 15, 2012 ) Homestead, Florida — Moringa is one of the fastest growing tree on Earth. It produces seed pods and fruits that are widely consumed because of its nutritional and medicinal properties. Thanks to the nutrients that it contains, it is known worldwide as the Miracle Tree. Some may even refer to it as a superfood. A lot of people may benefit from eating the fruit pods and leaves of this tree as it is reported to treat or alleviate about 300 disorders or diseases in the body.

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moringa as a galactagogue

This plant is particularly used by lactating and expectant mothers. This is because aside from all the nutrients that it contains, it is also said to have the ability to increase the milk production of a lactating mother. The fruit pods and leaves of Moringa contain natural constituents that help to promote lactation. By taking these, mothers are able to provide significant amounts of milk that their baby needs. Truly, Moringa is considered as one of the most natural galactogogue there is. There are clinical tests that can prove this benefit.

Moringa As a Breast Feeding Supplement

Because of the wide recognition of the benefits of Moringa and the increasing need of people for nutrition, many companies like Baterna Farms have thought of a way to bring this amazing vegetable not only in the kitchen but to medicine cabinets too. In the event that a person does not like to eat or he can’t find a way to grow this tree in the garden, lack of nutrition can be complemented by taking a piece or two of this nutritional supplement. Moringa supplements come in a variety of forms – tablets, capsules, teas and many more.

Due to its ability to produce milk in expectant women, many obstetricians have included Moringa supplements in their long list of pregnancy supplements. The best thing about this is it does not only help the milk production, it also has the right calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and potassium that pregnant mothers need. This makes it one of the best supplements that pregnant women can ever take.

Moringa supplements can be taken before or after the pregnancy. Either way, it is effective in increasing milk production in mothers. In fact, studies show that the mothers who took moringa supplements produce twice the amount of milk than those who didn’t. For mothers who wish to provide their child the nutrients that are critical during the growing phase of the fetus, taking Moringa before birth would be a great idea. It is a must for every baby to receive the nutrients that he needs to boost his immune system and developing brain. This proteins and amino acids make sure that the child will be delivered healthy and strong.

About Baterna Farms:

Baterna Farms first started out as a small, personal farm in Homestead Florida. Now, the Baterna farm is regarded by horticulturists as the most diverse farm in the United States. They have acres and acres of wondrous vegetables and exotic fruits. They are more famous for their Moringa oleifera production, known as the world’s most useful tree and for a reason! Through this amazing and nutritious produce, the Baterna family wishes to enhance the health and quality of life of every individual. Whether want it fresh or in capsule form, Baterna promises to provide this amazing source of nutrition. Baterna has made the lifelong commitment of sharing this product to people from all over the world.

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