How to Use Fenugreek for Breast Milk Supply

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An inadequate milk supply when breastfeeding can be frustrating and alarming for any mother. As you strive to increase your milk supply, you might turn to herbal remedies for help. Fenugreek is one herb that works as a galactagogue -- a remedy used to increase milk supply, according to international board certified lactation consultant Jessica Barton, with Santa Barbara Lactation. Using fenugreek to build up your milk supply can be effective.

Things You'll Need

  • Fenugreek capsules, seeds or tea
  • Check the ingredient information on the fenugreek label to learn the milligrams of fenugreek in each capsule to determine the dosage. The recommended dosage of fenugreek is 1,200 to 2,400 mg, three times per day, states international board certified lactation consultant Kelly Bonyata, with the KellyMom website, a breastfeeding resource.

  • Take two to three 580 to 610 mg capsules by mouth, three times each day, recommends the Medela Breastfeeding website.

  • Continue the fenugreek regimen for approximately three days to notice a benefit from the fenugreek. Continue taking fenugreek until your milk supply reaches the desired level and then you can discontinue taking it, advises international board certified lactation consultant Cindy Curtis, with the Breastfeeding Online website.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may notice your perspiration and urine begin to smell faintly of maple syrup while taking fenugreek. Fenugreek provides maple flavoring to artificial maple syrup products.
  • Other options for fenugreek include seeds mixed with liquid or a prepared tea. Use ½ to 1 teaspoon of seeds, three times per day. Drink one cup of fenugreek tea, two to three times per day.
  • You may notice gastrointestinal upset while taking fenugreek, warns physician Jay Gordon. Rarely, a baby may also experience this symptom. Fenugreek affects blood sugar levels. If you have hypoglycemia or diabetes, check with your physician prior to taking fenugreek and monitor your blood sugar level carefully while taking fenugreek.
  • Avoid fenugreek if you have a peanut or chickpea allergy because you may experience an allergic reaction to fenugreek, warns Bonyata.

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