Last update: April 3, 2017

Brewer´s Yeast

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Unicellular fungus used to produce beer, bread and wine by fermentation.

Contains amino acids, sugar, fat, Vitamin B and mineral salts. The Commission E of the German Ministry of Health recommends it for anorexia, asthenia and chronic acne.

It seems to be a good nutritional supplement, however, proof on effectiveness as a galactagogue is lacking (Mennella 1993, Koletzko 2000).

The best galactógogo is the maternal self-confidence along with a breastfeeding on demand using a correct technique for nursing (ABM 2011, Mannion 2012, Forinash 2012).


We do not have alternatives for Brewer´s Yeast since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Brewer´s Yeast is also known as

Brewer´s Yeast in other languages or writings:


Brewer´s Yeast belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Brewer´s Yeast in its composition:


  1. ABM: Brodribb W. ABM Clinical Protocol #9: Use of Galactogogues in Initiating or Augmenting Maternal Milk Production, Second Revision 2018. Breastfeed Med. 2018 Jun;13(5):307-314 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Codoñer-Franch P, Hernández-Aguilar MT, Navarro-Ruiz A, López-Jaén AB, Borja-Herrero C, Valls-Bellés V. Diet supplementation during early lactation with non-alcoholic beer increases the antioxidant properties of breastmilk and decreases the oxidative damage in breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeed Med. 2013 Abstract
  3. Schneider C, Thierauf A, Kempf J, Auwärter V. Ethanol concentration in breastmilk after the consumption of non-alcoholic beer. Breastfeed Med. 2013 Abstract
  4. Forinash AB, Yancey AM, Barnes KN, Myles TD. The use of galactogogues in the breastfeeding mother. Ann Pharmacother. 2012 Oct;46(10):1392-404. Abstract
  5. Mannion C, Mansell D. Breastfeeding self-efficacy and the use of prescription medication: a pilot study. Obstet Gynecol Int. 2012;2012:562704. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  6. ABM. Academy Of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol Committee. ABM Clinical Protocol #9: Use of galactogogues in initiating or augmenting the rate of maternal milk secretion (First Revision January 2011). Breastfeed Med. 2011 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. Muresan M. Successful relactation--a case history. Breastfeed Med. 2011 Abstract
  8. ABM. Comité de Protocolos de la Academia Médica de Lactancia Materna. ABM Protocolo Clínico #9: Uso de Galactogogos para Iniciar o aumentar la tasa de secreción de Leche Materna. Breastfeed Med. 2011 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  9. Mennella J. Alcohol's effect on lactation. Alcohol Res Health. 2001 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  10. Koletzko B, Lehner F. Beer and breastfeeding. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2000 Abstract
  11. Mennella JA, Beauchamp GK. Beer, breast feeding, and folklore. Dev Psychobiol. 1993 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  12. Mennella JA, Beauchamp GK. Effects of beer on breast-fed infants. JAMA. 1993 Abstract
  13. Grossman ER. Beer, breast-feeding, and the wisdom of old wives. JAMA. 1988 Abstract
  14. De Rosa G, Corsello SM, Ruffilli MP, Della Casa S, Pasargiklian E. Prolactin secretion after beer. Lancet. 1981 Abstract

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