Some foods are considered galactagogues -- foods that induce breast milk production. Their classification as such could be because they contain anethole, a phytoestrogen. Anise, fenugreek seed, and fennel are known galactagogues. They are often found in natural medicines for inflammation, pain, and menstrual relief. Research has also shown that fennel seed extract can increase prolactin levels in the blood, leading to increased lactation.
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