Meaning of galactagogue in English:


Pronunciation /ɡəˈlaktəɡɒɡ/


  • A food or drug that promotes or increases the flow of a mother's milk.

    ‘The oils of the seed increase milk flow which explains its folk use as a galactagogue.’
    • ‘Some of the most commonly used herbal galactagogues are fenugreek, blessed thistle, and alfalfa.’
    • ‘As it increases prolactin levels, it is accepted for use as a galactagogue to increase breast milk supply.’
    • ‘Also, keep in mind that galactagogues should be used for boosting supply, not maintaining.’
    • ‘It is often difficult to know what can be offered in the way of galactagogues to women.’


Mid 19th century from Greek gala, galakt- ‘milk’ + agōgos ‘leading’.