It should be remembered that there is absolutely no serious work published in any scientific journal that demonstrates the allegedly galactogogue properties of medicinal plants taken as such or in infusion and that some can cause problems: Fenugreek (Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum) can cause hypoglycemia (drop in blood sugar levels), La Galega (Ruda Cabruna, Goat’s rue) has caused at least one case of poisoning and is advised against by Commission E of the German Ministry of Health. There is also no evidence that Milk Thistle (Silymarin, Milk thistle, Silybum marianum), suspiciously marketed by a manufacturer of artificial milk formula, increases milk production. Neither these products, nor any other herbal medicine, can be recommended as galactogogues.
More information can be found in the WHO document “Relactation. Review of experience and recommendations for practice. 1998” downloadable in PDF format in the directory on this page of the Breastfeeding Committee, and also at:
In general, it is recommended that infants who receive complementary feeding take about half a liter of milk a day, but it is just that, a general rule and of course not strict. It is about offering dairy products to approximate that amount. It is not a mathematical rule, there are boys and girls who take more and others who take less and all are healthy.
Every child is different. It is best to offer the baby the breast during the first year at least 4 or 5 times, better before each feeding of purees or porridges; after the first year you can do it whenever you want after meals or between meals; In this way, the baby does not need another source of milk, as long as he makes those 4 or 5 breastfeeds a day.
There are other foods, independent of milk, that provide calcium in the diet of children. From the first year, if the child wants, she can take other derivatives of milk such as yogurts or different types of cheese.
Infants under one year of age who are breastfed should receive a supplement of 400 IU / day of vitamin D. These supplements should be started in the first days of life and will continue until, after weaning, the child takes 1 liter daily of adapted formula enriched in vitamin D. All infants under one year of age fed human milk substitutes who ingest less than 1 liter of formula daily should also receive a supplement of 400 IU / day.
It may be strange that a breastfed child needs vitamin supplements. The justification is that human life habits have changed very quickly in a few years and now little activity is done outdoors, always with clothing and on many occasions with sunscreen. The main source of vitamin D has been sun exposure. C