The problem of constructing a diet for a mother with a failing or deficient milk supply is one of the most difficult which is presented to the pediatrist.
The laity have any number of suggestions as to foods necessary; the physician has his favorite galactogogues; the nostrum vender advertises his wares as infallible milk producers, but in spite of all of these many mothers who begin nursing their babies soon find that their babies do not thrive on the milk which they are able to produce, and though they make a desperate effort to continue breast feeding they in time fail and their babies half starved, with resistance greatly lowered, are turned over to the pediatrist to feed on some form of artificial feeding.
The literature is practically barren of any extended researches on the effect of the diet on human milk production, but several excellent pieces of work have
HOOBLER BR. THE EFFECT ON HUMAN MILK PRODUCTION OF DIETS CONTAINING VARIOUS FORMS AND QUANTITIES OF PROTEIN. Am J Dis Child. 1917;14(2):105-112. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1917.01910080038004