Fenugreek, how long does it take for it to take effect?

Erika - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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hi, i've been really struggling latey as to how to keep my milk supply up. I recently purchased bottles of Fenugreek (Nature's Way from GNC) coz I heard that it really increases breastmilk production. Been taking it for a week now, but i still don't see any leaking milk nor hardening/engorging of my breasts. However, I've noticed that my little one has been nursing more comfortably and longer lately since I've been taking Fenugreek. Now, I'm wondering whether it's working already. I wonder how long do I have to take it before my milk supply would really become abundant again. Do I need to do anything else to help boost up my supply while taking Fenugreek? Is it ok for me to take it with Mother's Milk Tea? help please, I really want to nourish my baby further and for as long as I possibly could.

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Jessica - posted on 04/03/2010

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I think it usually "kicks in" for most women in 2 or 3 days. You have to take a lot though. I was taking 3 200 mg capsules, 3 times a day. A good rule of thumb is you'll know you're taking enough when your sweat and urine start to smell like maple syrup. LOL weird but true! Its also most effective when you take it with blessed thistle. I'd say if your LO seems to be nursing more comfortably then you're already making more. You could also try pumping to see how much you get. Pumping by itself isn't necessarily a good indicator of your supply, because many women simply don't let down as well to a pump and baby is way better at getting milk out. I was never able to pump much (an ounce or 2 per breast) but I did notice after taking fenugreek I was able to pump more.

I took it for a while when I was still nursing, and it really did help my supply. However I also noticed it made me dizzy/woozy/hungry. Then I read somewhere that it can have the effect of lowering your blood sugar. I tend to have low blood sugar anyway. I stopped taking it because I just felt crappy all the time. Not saying it does that with everyone, but just something to look out for...

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I know that i would pump after nursing and that would really get my supply going...i talking about nursing on one side baby being very full and then still having to pump because i was still full. by pumping after your baby nurses it makes your body think that baby is needing more milk and then after a few days your body starts to make more. at the height of my milk production i was nursing every 4 hours and then would pump between 6-12 oz on the same breast.

Shaina - posted on 05/15/2013

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I used this stuff called Boob Food by Elk Haven Herbals. It has Fenugreek and another ingredient they use in the Philippines that has been shown to be more effective. I definitely could tell a difference between my milk before and after using it. It took about a week to notice a difference in thickness and supply.

Carmen - posted on 04/05/2010

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I never used fenugreek but i had such good results from the Mother's Milk tea, my sis would take them both but i still produced more milk. I was an avid pumper as well, i would nurse, then pump any extra and when my baby got older and needed less feedings i continued to pump like she was still nursing every our hours. the key is to stay hydrated, relax and be consistent, remember that you produce more milk in the daytime than at night and try to stay mellow. stressing seemed to diminish my milk supply, which sucks (no pun intended) b/c it turns into a viscous circle. blessings and good luck!

Tevis - posted on 04/03/2010

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Whether your supply comes in or not, you don't have to give up breastfeeding until you are ready. My supply NEVER really came in (with the help of every wives tale in the book). I always say, I had enough for a snack, but never enough for a feeding. It took my son's first two weeks of crying to figure it out, but I nursed him with the Medela Supplemental Nursing System (with formula) for 18 months. I think it has got to be OFFICIALLY the most difficult way to feed your child, but I nursed my baby until we were both ready to stop.

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Catherine - posted on 04/05/2010

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Check this website www.vitanica.com this is the website for the pills LactationBlend and the information. Try to pump the milk with an electric pump the manual do not work.

Catherine - posted on 04/05/2010

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Hello. I am a breatfeeding mother to a 8 month baby. This pills work but you need to keep taking for 1 month and you see the increase in the milk, also I m take a blend with fenugreek and other plants and is beter the name is LactationBlend by DR Tori Hudson (Vitanica) and is so good but if you want to increase more the milk pump after your baby finish all the times and you see the results but if you want to stop the fenugreek never quit inmediatly you need to reduce the pill you take per day to stop, because you maybe have less milk. You can buy the pills I tell you in a healtfood not in GNC. Never quit breatfeed. And don't take mothers milk with fenugreek you need to choose one at the time but Im started with Mothers milk and later I find the pills with the same blends of the tea and more easy. If you have questions let me know

Erika - posted on 04/05/2010

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Wow, reading all your comments really made me feel confident about

breastfeeding again, thanks ladies! My little one is turning 5 months

on this coming 14th of April. I noticed that my supply started running

low when he turned 2months old (after I had a flu). I knew so coz I

could barely make an ounce of milk (from both breasts) whenever I

pumped (manual pump from The First Years), and so my frustration

started. I really want to nurse him longer that's why I kept on

researching on what to do. I tried eating oatmeal (with almonds even)

twice a day, had a bottle of beer (just made me tipsy coz im a non-

drinker), drank yogurt drinks and soymilk daily, ate tofu and tahô

(soft silken tofu with brown sugar and vanilla syrup) daily. But none

of them seemed to help me at all. I am from the Philippines which kinda

makes it unfortunate for me in terms of not having any LLLC or

lactation consultants in our country. Just the other i read through an

article that says that for first time moms whose milk supply are

running low, some lactation consultants advise moms to take 15capsules

of Fenugreek a day. I started taking 12 capsules yesterday and it kinda

works for me though but not as much as I was expecting. Just a few hours ago i tried

pumping again but from both breasts combined, I was only able to make half an ounce =( .

Cathy - posted on 04/05/2010

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I would make an appt to see your lactation consultant. They can give you great advice and can tell you exactly how much to take and if you should combine it with any other herbs. Mine has been extremely helpful. i too struggle with low milk supply. With my first baby my milk dried up after about 6 months. This time around I can tell that my milk is already decreasing after only three months. Good Luck!

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I agree pumping and breastfeeding helped me a lot. I was pumping over 200 oz a day and I had numerous nurses and drs trying to figure out how/why I was. (Generally a 19 year old 1st time mom doesnt do that.) BUT, pumping also stopped my milk. My son could latch but refused to so I had to resort to pumping alone. My milk stopped by week 2. Fenugreek helped me for 2 days and then it wouldnt work. Actually though I was recomended 1 beer a day. Not a wimpy one like Budweiser. Take it in the morning right after you get done feeding. It doesnt effect the baby because by the time you feed again it's out of your system. The yeast in it helps ALOT. Good luck

Erika - posted on 04/05/2010

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Autumn, I envy you. Wish I could produce that much milk....I've tried pumping but still I can only make half an ounce (that's from both breasts combined) even after taking taking Fenugreek for a week now. Yes, my sweat and urine kinda smells like Maple syrup now, Jessica. But I still don't seem to be making enough =( . This is really frustrating.

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