Having trouble producing, how much fenugreek is ok to take in one day?

Patricia - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I take 2 liquid caps of 2,400mg fenugreek twice a day. I cannot produce enough to pump and save. My 2 month old gives me hungry cues all the time, but my breasts feel so empty. I don't think she is getting enough to eat during her scheduled feedings. How many mg of fenugreek can I take safely. I've also tried the tea and it doesn't seem to help much. Is there any other herb I can try?

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I am having the same problem. My son is 2 months old and spent the first week in the NICU. I then had to supplement feedings to make sure that he was getting enough to eat. I haven't produced enough milk since I brought him home. I still breast feed but also give him a bottle. Lately when I try to breastfeed, he becomes impatient and cries and will not take the breast. Any suggestions?

Cindy - posted on 08/27/2009

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Quoting Pam:

I had that same problem, and the thing that helped me the most was feeding on demand, every single time she was hungry. Even if it felt like there was nothing in there and it had only been an hour since her last feeding, I put her on the breast. Within 2 days, I was having to pump the excess and store it because my supply had gone up so much. I have now quit scheduling her and just feed on demand, even if there's nothing there (which now is only during a growth spurt) and I haven't had a problem since. Also, don't try to diet right now. Not eating and drinking enough seriously effects your supply too. (ps. the fenugreek and tea didn't really help me either)


This is absolutely the only way to boost your supply. Breastfeeding works on supply & demand only. You will make more milk within 24-48 hrs if you put your baby to the breast more frequently - everytime they want to suck. Scheduled feeding is a breastfeeding death sentence to some mothers because nature just didn't design the breastfeeding relationship to work like that. Your body can't guess how much to produce at scheduled feeds. It just makes milk in response to your baby suckling. If she does it more often it sends the message that more milk is needed. If she feeds at regular scheduled intervals it sends the message this is all that is needed. If you feed at scheduled intervals what happens at a growth spurt when you need to produce more milk? Your body doesn't get the message that more is needed because you are not letting the baby suckle in response to her hunger. Then the bub gets irritable, doesn't put on weight & mum makes the diagnosis that she "doesn't have enough milk" when, in reality she didn't give her body any signal that more was needed. Forget the fenugreek & put her to the breast more often.

Patricia - posted on 08/27/2009

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I bought the liquid caps at the Sunflower Supermarket. I'm sure you can also find it at Wholefoods or any natural grocery store.

Veronique - posted on 08/27/2009

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Stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, New Flower (and probably Central Market) carry Fenugreek capsules. It has helped me in both pregnancies. It boosts it a bit, especially for pumping. I take 6 capsules a day / 2 at each meal. You don't want to take too many for fear of changing the taste of your milk too much and turning baby off, though this has never happened to me.



Also - if you keep pumping even if nothing is coming out, or just a little, your breasts will get used to the pump and start producnig more for it. I had this problem with my second since I didn't pump until 6 months after his birth. Now if I pump right after feeding him on one breast (so that the other is ready to produce) or an hour to an hour and a half after feeding him....I can get 3 - 5 ounces.

Pam - posted on 08/26/2009

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I had that same problem, and the thing that helped me the most was feeding on demand, every single time she was hungry. Even if it felt like there was nothing in there and it had only been an hour since her last feeding, I put her on the breast. Within 2 days, I was having to pump the excess and store it because my supply had gone up so much. I have now quit scheduling her and just feed on demand, even if there's nothing there (which now is only during a growth spurt) and I haven't had a problem since. Also, don't try to diet right now. Not eating and drinking enough seriously effects your supply too. (ps. the fenugreek and tea didn't really help me either)

Heather - posted on 08/26/2009

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i have the same problem with my 3 month old i've tryed some type of liquid stuff thats supost to help but it was nasty stuff! and i've also tryed the tea but it doesn't seem to be helping. where did you get the fenagreek capcules if you don't mind me asking?

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