Phone calls to an Australian pregnancy and lactation counselling service regarding use of galactagogues during lactation – the MotherSafe experience

Luke E. Grzeskowiak, Majella Hill, Debra S. Kennedy

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Galactagogues represent substances used to enhance breast milk production. Between 2001 and 2014 we identified 2034 phone calls regarding the use of galactagogues made to MotherSafe. The majority involved discussion of domperidone (n = 1884; 92.6%), with the remainder relating to metoclopramide (n = 153; 7.5%) or other herbal galactagogues (eg fenugreek, milk thistle; n = 262; 12.9%). A 50% decrease in total calls occurred from 2011 to 2014, while the percentage of calls regarding herbal galactagogues increased from 0% in 2001 to 23% in 2014. These findings support the need for more robust research surrounding the use of galactagogues in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-254
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • breast feeding
  • domperidone
  • galactogogues
  • herbal
  • lactation
  • lactation disorders/drug therapy
  • medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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