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THERAPUETIC OR TOXIC? INVESTIGATING FOUR COMMON HERBS TAKEN TO BOOST BREASTMILK PRODUCTION

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While breastfeeding women worldwide use various galactagogues to promote their breastmilk production, little scientific data about the efficacy, possible side effects and toxicity of herbal galactagogues is available. Thus, the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, supported by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, is working to increase our understanding by identifying the lactation-promoting compounds in four herbal galactagogues – goat’s rue, fenugreek, thistle and moringa – and evaluate their safety and efficacy.

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