“If lactating was an Olympic sport, I’d win the gold.”
- There are no set standards to define breastfeeding success. That’s because breastfeeding looks different to everyone and your personal goals are just that — yours. Whether you plan to nurse or pump for one month or one year, we hope that Liquid Gold helps you cross the finish line.
- Liquid Gold contains a blend of powerful organic ingredients designed to optimize breast milk production. Goat’s rue has a long-standing reputation for supporting a healthy milk supply in dairy animals and humans while milk thistle and Shatavari are also traditionally used for added lactation support
- Anise is an aromatic seed traditionally used in Europe to help improve the flow of milk and soothe colic or gassiness in babies.3
- fun fact: Anise cookies are a traditional gift for new mothers in the Netherlands to ensure “bountiful milk.”
- the science: One study compared the volume of milk produced in lactating rats taking an anise extract compared to placebo. The anise group produced 68% more milk than the placebo group.4
- caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy.
- Fennel may work to not only boost milk production but also aid in improving the flow of milk and stimulating mammary gland growth.7 It can soothe colic and gastrointestinal upsets in babies as well.8
- fun fact: Flasks of fennel tea are common in German postpartum floors.
- the science: In one study of lactating goats, fennel increased both milk production and milk fat content.9
- caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. Don’t exceed recommended doses.
- Goat’s rue has been widely used in France since the late 1800s when it was discovered to increase milk production in cows. It has been shown to stimulate mammary gland growth so it may be helpful for mothers with insufficient glandular tissue. It may also have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity and is thought to be the precursor for the popular diabetes drug metformin.
- fun fact: Its botanical name is derived from the Greek words “gala” = milk and “again”= to drive.
- the science: In 1873 a dairy farmer reported that goat’s rue could increase milk production in cows by 35%-50%.10
- caution: It can lower blood sugar – if you’re diabetic or hypoglycemic, consult your doctor.
- While it’s best known for its liver-protecting effects, in recent years milk thistle has been reported to have a milk-boosting benefit. It may work by promoting the release of prolactin (the major milk-making hormone).11
- fun fact: Early Christian lore holds that the white leaf veins of the plant are a symbolic representation of the Virgin Mary’s breastmilk, hence the common names of milk thistle or St. Mary’s thistle.
- the science: In lactating women treated for 63 days with milk thistle, milk production increased by 85%.12
- caution: Don’t use it if you’re allergic to the Compositae or Asteraceae families (daisies, artichokes, kiwi, ragweed).
- Shatavari has its origins in India and is popular as a restorative tonic for various female health issues. Its role as a galactagogue has been mentioned in several ancient Ayurvedic texts. It has been known to stimulate mammary gland growth and increase milk production.14 It has been compared to Reglan for treating gastric problems and it appears to cause a similar increase in prolactin.
- fun fact: It translates to “she who has a hundred husbands” in Sanskrit due to its beneficial effects on a woman’s reproductive function.
- the science: In a randomized controlled trial of women with lactation inadequacy, the use of shatavari root for 30 days resulted in a 33% increase in prolactin levels and a decrease in the use of supplemental milk.15
- caution: Not safe for use during pregnancy.