The role of natural galactagogues during breast feeding: focus on a Galega officinalis based food supplement

Minerva Pediatr. 2017 Dec;69(6):531-537. doi: 10.23736/S0026-4946.16.04797-6. Epub 2016 Nov 30.


Maternal milk is the optimal food for newborns. To this end, a number of interventions are used to enhance milk production. However, pharmacological interventions may be associated with a perceived risk of adverse effects and therefore many mothers prefer to rely on natural herbal remedies. Several herbal remedies have been traditionally used to this purpose. However, the level of evidence supporting their use is mixed. Among different currently-employed natural remedies, Galega officinalis has emerged to be one of those sustained by the strongest evidence. In this paper, we comment on a galega-based product. It is a standardized food supplement used to support breastfeeding mothers and to promote milk production containing Galega officinalis and other substances, including vitamins and magnesium, with potential effect on mother's well-being. In a recent product evaluation on a large sample of Italian women, the wide majority of mothers have declared to be satisfied with this product, and two third of them reported that the milk production was improved with the use of this product. Noteworthy, this galega-based food supplement was also reported to promote psychological benefit. The evidence of a perceived psychological benefit associated with this product is of particular importance, given the high degree of distress often experienced by mothers during the post-partum period. Last, a high level of safety was perceived by the participants. This galega-based food supplement does have a role in supporting breastfeeding mothers and enhance milk production during lactation. Further clinical trials could provide further evidence on the effectiveness of the product.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Female
  • Galactogogues / adverse effects
  • Galactogogues / isolation & purification
  • Galactogogues / therapeutic use*
  • Galega / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Italy
  • Lactation / drug effects*
  • Mothers
  • Patient Satisfaction


  • Galactogogues