7 Supplements to Increase Milk Supply that Actually Work

Do you think you are having a decrease in your milk supply because your breasts feel soft? Or maybe since your baby feeds for a shorter period? Look, you may not really have a problem. However, to help you feel more at ease, herbs and supplements can help increase milk supply. It’s not for everyone, and you need to check with your doctor or lactation consultant before you take any supplements or medication. Use it with caution. The last thing we want to happen is that you use the wrong dosage or find out you have allergies and sensitivities to these herbal supplements.

The only time you will really find out how much milk you are producing is when you pump. Otherwise, the signals that you may have low supply are weight gain and nappies. Check if there is slow or no weight gain, and if there’s less than 6-8 wet nappies in 24 hours.

I will always encourage you to feed often. Frequent feeding will help you establish good breast milk supply. If your boobs feel soft, you shouldn’t worry. Your body has simply adjusted to the amount of milk your baby needs. And if you think you have low supply because your baby is feeding for a shorter time, say less than 10 minutes, you shouldn’t be too stressed about it. They are now more efficient at feeding and don’t need as much time as they did at the start.

Together with regular feeding, a healthy diet, and staying hydrated, herbs can help mothers produce breast milk and promote healthy lactation. Some herbs are also used together with other herbs (for instance – milk thistle, fenugreek, and fennel). Though it is not for everyone, a lot of mothers swear by these supplements.

supplements to increase milk supplyTraditional Medicinals Organic Mothers Milk Tea

Price: $22.74 (6 packs with 16 tea bags each) or $7.93 per pack
Average Customer Rank: 4.3 out of 5
Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Kosher certified. It’s the #1 best seller in Amazon’s herbal tea beverages for a reason – it really helps increase milk supply.

You can drink this hot with honey, or as iced tea (you can add a bit of sweetener). It tastes slightly bitter with a licorice flavour (don’t worry, the smell is stronger than the taste). It is better to have it sweetened – adding honey works! It is recommended that you steep it with water for 10 minutes and drink 3-5 cups a day.

The ingredients include fennel, anise, coriander, fenugreek, and blessed thistle.

Caution: Do not use this if you are allergic to any plant in the parsley family (like fennel or coriander) or the daisy family (such as camomile, echinacea, or blessed thistle).

supplement to increase milk supplyNursing Time Tea

Price: $16.95
Average Customer Rank: 4.5 out of 5
Where to Buy: FairhavenHealth.com

This is an all-natural tea made from fennel seed, anise seed, goat’s rue, blessed thistle, alfalfa, and lemon verbena. It enhances milk production quickly and helps relieve gastrointestinal discomfort for babies. It also has a zesty lemon flavour.

One pack is good for a month, although it has no expiration. Please use it as directed otherwise, it might affect your milk supply. One tablespoon is to one cup of water. You can feel free to add water, but no need to add more tea. Drinking one cup a day is enough.

For those who prefer loose leaf tea to individual tea bags, then this one is for you. You need to use an infuser or reusable tea bags.

supplements to increase milk supplyEarth Mama Angel Baby Organic Milkmaid Tea

Price: $5.99 (16 tea bags per box)
Average Customer Rank: 4.2 out of 5
Where to Buy: EarthMamaAngelBaby.com

Kosher certified. It is made to support healthy milk production with fennel, fenugreek, anise seed, milk thistle, caraway seed with nettle, and red raspberry leaf.

I love organic products and this is another best seller in the Amazon herbal tea category. It is very effective in boosting milk supply.

It is also naturally caffeine free and can be enjoyed hot or cold. The flavour is light and pleasant, with hints of licorice. For variety, you can even prepare it as French vanilla chai tea by adding 1-2 tablespoons of French vanilla soy creamer per cup and a few sprinkles of ground cinnamon and ginger.

This is meant to be used for breastfeeding. Other mothers use it for gas, bloating, indigestion, or irritable bowel syndrome.

Warning: This is not intended for use during pregnancy.

supplements to increase milk supplyYogi Woman’s Nursing Support Tea

Price: $31.80 (6 packs with 16 tea bags each) or $6.71 per pack
Average Customer Rank: 4.6 out of 5
Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Naturally caffeine free and the combination of fennel, fenugreek, and anise helps promote lactation. It is also soothing since it also contains lavender and chamomile, and it even helps with an upset stomach while nursing. I love that it is so calming and relaxing.

If you need help sleeping, you can even use this as a bed time tea or when you need to deal with pre-menstrual syndrome during that time of the month.

Steep it for 5-10 minutes, and you can use 2 tea bags for a stronger effect. Drink 1 cup upon waking and 2-3 cups throughout the day.

Nursing Blend Breastfeeding Supplementsupplements to increase milk supply

Price: $28.95
Average Customer Rank: 4.5 out of 5
Where to Buy: FairhavenHealth.com

It comes in the form of vegetarian capsules (no gluten, soy, animal products, artificial colours, or artificial preservatives). One bottle is good for a month. It definitely helps the quality and quantity of breast milk production. Your milk flow is expected to come in strong.

It has high levels of Vitamin D to support your baby’s healthy teeth and bone development, Vitamin B6 and B12 to help your immune system and nervous system, folic acid, and zinc. It also comes with other herbs like fenugreek and fennel to help increase your milk supply, and even chamomile and anise to help calm your baby.

supplements to increase milk supplyFenugreek for Nursing Mothers

Price: $14.95
Average Customer Rank: 4.5 out of 5
Where to Buy: FairhavenHealth.com

This is a more affordable alternative to Nursing Blend. Take 2 pills 3 times a day to boost supply. Fenugreek is known to be a milk stimulating food.

In most cases, nursing mothers see an increase in milk production within the first 2-3 days after taking this, with full effectiveness after 2 weeks. Once your milk flow has been established, you can choose to discontinue using fenugreek.

Warning: This is not recommended for pregnant women. It should also be used with caution if you have allergies to peanuts. Consult your doctor if you have asthma or diabetes before you use this.

supplements to increase milk supply

Boost Milk Enhancer

Price: $49.95
Average Customer Rank: 5 out of 5
Where to Buy: BoostBreastMilk.com

Boost is a safe and effective supplement to help boost milk production. The main ingredients include milk thistle and fenugreek which work well together to increase your milk supply. In most cases, you can experience results within 1-3 days.

Boost Milk Enhancer claims that it is clinically proven that it can increase breast milk production by up to 86%. This means that you can expect to have a huge milk stack in the freezer!

While there are no reported side effects by majority of users, there’s a small minority that experienced mild nausea. Check with your doctor before you use it.

supplements to increase milk supplyIn conclusion, we all want the best for our babies, and breast milk is packed with all the vitamins and minerals they will ever need for the first six months, and it can protect babies from diseases. Doctors recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and continued breastfeeding for at least a year.

If you need help with your milk supply, there are always herbal supplements to turn to before you reach out right away for formula. Again, don’t forget to consult your doctor or lactation consultant for medical advise.

To find out more about herbs and breastfeeding, you can download Earth Mama Angel Baby’s FREE Comprehensive Guide to Herbs and Breastfeeding.

Click here to download.

I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions or want to leave your own personal review, leave your comment below.

16 comments

  1. Linda says:

    Great list! I used the mothers milk tea when I first started breastfeeding. I was skeptical but there was a noticeable increase in my milk supply for sure from it.

  2. Kris M. says:

    Hi Raquel,

    I just wanted to say, you’re doing great work! Please do continue this. My son is 12 now so I’m obviously not breastfeeding, however, I really struggled with breastfeeding right from the get go and ended up dry way too early in his life. I wish I had a support system like your site when I was going through it.
    I’m quite sure you’ll help a lot of moms out there on such an important, personal, and sensitive topic. Thank you!

    • Raquel says:

      Thanks Kris! Breastfeeding will always be a personal decision and I’m really glad that you gave it a shot. It is tough without support especially when everything is all new to you. Breastfeeding is a learning journey both for babies and mothers. Feel free to share this to other nursing moms. Cheers!

    • Brandi says:

      This has really helped!! I had to supplement because my baby was born premature and my doctor was concerned about the weight he was gaining. I have a 2 year old as well and I think that stress and exhaustion played a role in my supply being really low. I’m not producing enough… My baby is only 2 months old and I really want to continue breastfeeding. I have tried everything to increase the milk flow but nothing has helped. Im going to try the dietary supplement and hope it works!! Thanks for the info.

      • Raquel says:

        Thanks for sharing Brandi! I admire how you really want to give breastfeeding a go. Apart from trying supplements, remember that the more you feed, the more it will also help to increase your supply. Try to pump as well after feeding. All the best!

  3. Ben says:

    These are all great products, thank you for the review! I think a lot of them make sense considering the additional vitamins and minerals they contain. I am going to get my wife to check out this article tonight. I know that this kind of thing really worries her. The last thing a newborn needs is his mother being stressed.

    • Raquel says:

      Thanks Ben! She probably has a lot of things going through her mind right now, and it’s really great of you to offer her all the support and help she needs. While the thought of having no more milk worries most moms, do tell her to keep breastfeeding. Remember, there will always be solutions to challenges she may encounter along the way. If encounters issues with low supply, she can definitely check out these supplements to boost milk production. All the best and congratulations on your baby!

  4. Nelson says:

    thank you so much for this awesome post, my wife and I were also breast feeding our son but had issues in the beginning before she was able to fully produce. thank you so much will go ahead and pass this info on to her..

    This is a must know for brand-new mothers who will start to breastfeed.

    great work

    • Raquel says:

      Fantastic! Thanks Nelson! Do feel free this pass this along to your wife. I hope breastfeeding has turned out to be a wonderful experience for her.

  5. Riaz Shah says:

    Wow this is a great list Raquel!

    The Boost Milk enhancer looks really good, 86% is a huge number! I don’t know why but I’m getting rather cautious on these motherly stuff as of late since my sister is getting married in a few days time.

    Just out of curiosity, would a milk supplement be a good present for her marriage? She loves babies so I figured this would be a good fit.

    • Raquel says:

      Thank you Riaz! It’s great that you’ve started to notice motherhood articles more. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these supplements as long as you don’t have any sensitivities to it.

      Best wishes to your sister! I’m sure she’s very busy these days preparing for the wedding. How exciting! If you’re thinking of giving herbal supplements as a present, maybe you can postpone it till she has her baby shower. For now, it may be better to give her and and husband a wedding present they can both use as they start their lives together. Perhaps something for the home.

  6. shelley says:

    What a great site, all the help a breastfeeding mom needs all in one spot. Which is important cause from experience, it can he highly stressful as a new mom who has so much to worry about. It feels good to know your baby is fed, it makes everyones life easier!!

    • Raquel says:

      Thanks Shelley! You’re right. Would really like it to be a go-to place for moms, especially new moms. There’s already too much to think about (not to mention that you have yet to learn a lot of it along the way), so if they can just go to one place to find out more, I’m sure that will be very, very helpful. It will be so fulfilling to help moms find out more about their breastfeeding journey and lessen their stress.

  7. AliciaRC1 says:

    Thankyou for the information! I am currently breastfeeding my second child now and he is 8 months old. I ran out of milk at 6 months with my first and was so sad and I am afraid that I am running low with my second. I have heard great things about fenugreek do you have a favorite that you have seen the best results with personally?

    • Raquel says:

      Hi Alicia. How often are you feeding? Just wanted to check if you are breastfeeding your baby often and if your baby is gaining weight. If your supply is really low, have you also consulted your doctor if fenugreek is good for you? Need to ask to be certain that you do not have any sensitivities to fenugreek. If your doctor has cleared you, and while all the supplements I mentioned are safe, I would personally recommend the Traditional Medicinals Organic Mothers Milk Tea. While it is helpful in increasing milk supply, please check that you do not have any allergies in the parsley family and daisy family before you take it.

      My favourite herbal supplement is moringa as it also boosts breast milk supply. I always feel engorged the next day. Hope this helps.

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