A traditional herbal galactagogue used to support breast milk volume and flow. It is also a natural carminative which helps to relieve gastrointestinal upset and support feelings of gas and digestive discomfort.
- Low Milk Supply
- Digestive Discomfort
Fennel is frequently used by breastfeeding mothers and is often recommended by lactation consultations and herbalists to support a normal milk supply. Research has shown that supplementation of Fennel on its own, or in combination with other galactagogue herbs, may help to support breast milk volume, fat content and infant weight gain. While it is unclear exactly how Fennel works, it is thought that it may increase the hormone, prolactin, responsible for breast milk production, as well as support the milk ejection, or “let down”, reflex. As a phytoestrogen, Fennel may also provide hormonal support through binding to estrogen receptors and producing estrogen-like effects. Because of its carminative properties, Fennel is also traditionally thought to support infant colic when passed through breast milk.
Essential oils within Fennel have additionally been shown to help with gastrointestinal discomfort. As an anti-spasmodic herb, Fennel can support the relaxation of smooth muscles within the intestines and reduce intestinal gas. The herb is therefore a popular choice when it comes to settling abdominal pain and supporting overall digestive comfort.
Research and studies
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Complementary and alternative methods of increasing breast milk supply for lactating mothers of infants in the NICU
Drugs and Lactation Database
Journal of Menopausal Medicine
Foeniculum vulgare as valuable plant in management of women’s health
BioMed Research International