Has anyone used fenugreek to increase milk supply ? Trying to nurse twins.. not going so well.

Nicole - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have 10 day old twins. My milk came in on day 3, but only one breast seems to be producing. I am having to supplement, and would like to stop. Has anyone had any success with Fenugreek ? I pump and feed constantly, so this is my las resort.

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Angela - posted on 10/13/2017

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I take Healthy nursing tea three times a day. I have no side effects. I am still taking it because when I do, my supply tanks. I went from only pumping enough for two bottles to pumping enough for three or four depending on the day and when in last feed him.

Wendy - posted on 07/24/2009

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Hi Nicole. Congrats! I also had twins! They are handful... but we are soooooo lucky to be blessed with them! Anyway.... I couldn't produce milk at all. I tried everything and was faithful at pumping. I did use Fenugreek, however, it didn't work for me. I would give it a try. It might work for you. I was heartbroken that I couldn't breast feed. That is the one thing I wanted soooooo bad. I hope it works for you!!!

Christine - posted on 07/24/2009

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I did use fenugreek and it seemed to help. Make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking enough water, milk, etc. throughout the day. I only pumped/ breastfed for 3 months because I was just too overwhelmed and exhausted. I had a similar issue and it ended up that there was a blocked duct in my nipple & once it broke through it was fine... maybe something similar? I don't know! But good luck.

Alenia - posted on 07/24/2009

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Hi, yes I used Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle while nursing my twins and it helped quite a bit. I didn't start it until after 5 or 6 weeks, and it still made a difference. You can get a liquid form or capsule form. I used the liquid initially and it supposedly works better than the capsules. Also you should keep pumping. I know how frustrating it is, believe me, but the more you pump, especially on the side that seems to produce less milk, the more milk you will make. I would nurse the babies first then supplement them, it is really hard and a lot of work. Keep at it, you can do it!! :) Are you switching breasts on alternate feeds? So, baby 1 nurses from Left breast, baby 2 nurses from Right for one feed, then on the next feed baby 1 nurses from Right breast, while baby 2 nurses from Left. That is really important too.

Melissa - posted on 07/24/2009

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I give you a ton of credit. Way to go! I tried with mine for about 3 weeks but was sick og using the nipple shields and pump when also trying to care for 2 babies so i stopped. It was the hardest decision but one I am ultimately comfortable with. Don't know much about fenugreek but just wanted to say you are awesome for trying.

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I also used Fenugreek the entire time I nursed my twins (6 months). It helped, but I was never able to produce enough milk to fully feed both of them -- I had to supplement the whole time. I also tried Blessed Thistle, but it didn't seem to make a difference. When Fenugreek still wasn't helping enough, my doctor prescribed Reglan, which also didn't make a difference. After that, I did try beer, which was actually remarkably effective. I would have a glass of Guiness every night while the boys were having their evening feeding. It made a huge difference, but it still wasn't enough. At the best, they were getting 90% breastmilk, but the percentage declined the bigger they got because they were getting bigger and my milk supply wasn't. Despite what a lot of people say, I just think there are some women (myself included) whose bodies simply cannot produce enough milk for twins. It sounds like you may be one of them. At least you tried!!

Nicole - posted on 07/22/2009

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So, I talked with a lactation consultant at the birth center where I delivered this afternoon... I was diagnosed with PCOS after trying to get pregnant with my 3rd... turns out, that if you have PCOS chances are you can not breastfeed ? News to me. I had a low milk supply with my daughter as well, so ended up not being able to nurse. At least I know that now, that it is not something I am likely to be able to fix. Makes me sad though. Even though there is now literally nothing coming out, my daughter still latches on and will stay there all day if I'd let her. Poor little peanut.... guess it is formula for them.

Kimberly - posted on 07/22/2009

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Yes, I have heard of that and I tried it. It does work, but you have to stick to it. There is a website to go to, and I ordered all of this stuff, and it completly helped my supply it is called - Oasis something. Google it and you should find it. Hope this helps!

Jenny - posted on 07/22/2009

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I had the samr problem at first .May be silly to say but first u have to relax I took fih oil pills you can get at walmart . using the pump in my book slows down the milk flow just let the babys nurse the more they nurse the milk comes in, and drink enough fluids.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/22/2009

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My twins are 8 weeks today and it sounds like I had a similar start as the orginal poster. I've been taking 4 Fenugreek 4 times a day and drinking 3 cups of Mother's Milk tea (both available at health food stores). It's worked very well for me. I'm also trying to pump for 10-15 minutes after I nurse. When there's time...Ha!!

Sarah - posted on 07/22/2009

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I have heard from other women that having a beer is a good way to get your milk to flow. Sounds crazy, but they swear by it!! It was recommended by their Dr.'s to do so.

I lasted 3 mos. with only my R side producing, L side needed to be constantly pumped. Lots and lots and lots of work!

Best of luck to you!!

Rebekah - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi, I did use Fenugreek for awhile to boost my supply but then I was told about Blessed Thistle which I used and I think it helped. It was hard to tell though as I also went on prescription meds (Domperidone) as I was ready to try anything and everything. I also ate lots of cashews and almonds as they are supposed to help. Also drink and eat as much as you can. Best of luck and congrats on the twins! They are the best

Melissa - posted on 07/21/2009

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I am currently still nursing our nine month old twins. Have you contacted a lactation consultant? When my twins were eight weeks old I had to go back to work. Once I started pumping my supply immediately decreased. When I contacted a lactation consultant, she recommended getting a prescription for Reglan (she felt with twins that Fenugreek wouldn't help enough), It increases prolactin, which produces more milk. My OB/GYN was able to give me a prescription for it. It worked for me, and I nursed my twins without supplementation, even when I pumped at work.



As for the nurse who said it wouldn't work, she's clearly not a mom of twins! Good for you for trying, and congratulations on your new babies!

Nicole - posted on 07/21/2009

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Thanks for all of the advice. I had a nurse in the hospital tell me it was not going to work, so I admit, I did not give it my best effort to start. Now on day 10, the engorgement has come and gone. I am getting next to nothing when I pump. My son will no longer latch on, because he is getting nothing. Thankfully my daughter is still content to latch on, just for comfort.. so hopefully I can rebuild a milk supply.



I bought the fenugreek today. I got it at GNC and it was much cheaper than I expected. Now, I just have to give it a couple days of pumping and putting the babies on, to see if I get any milk back. I can't believe at day 10, I can have next to nothing being produced already :-( Darn nurse ! I never should have listened to her.



Good for all of you that made it work !!

Emily - posted on 07/21/2009

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I am still nursing my 13.5 mo old twins. It was a really tough start for us! I am so glad I stuck with it. Great job giving it a shot! Nursing twins for any amount of time is a huge victory. Congrats!!! Keep at it your body will adjust and do what it needs to.

Sarah - posted on 07/21/2009

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I used Fenugreek and it did help. But I had to give up the breastfeeding after 2 months. It was just so overwhelming for me, but wish I had stuck with it longer. I was told to drink a glass of water about 1/2 hour before breastfeeding and you will produce more milk for the feeding. It definitely helped. Good luck!

Cal - posted on 07/21/2009

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Sorry to be a bit daft but thinking of trying some Fenugreek myself, is this a supplement you can buy in health food shops? Am heading into Manchester tomorrow so interested to know were I can get some,

Thanks, Cal x

Cal - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi Nicole, I have 9week old twins and am breastfeeding them. I remember around day 10 I was all for giving up with many tears! 7 weeks later we're still going and although it's been hard am so glad I kept with it as it's so much easier than washing all those bottles. I also had problems with milk supply and my right breast still produces more milk than the left but there is enough as their weight gain shows. I've not tried Fenugreek but read that oats were good for increasing supply so have been scoffing flapjacks! Much better than the porridge option. I've also read that Guiness is good so have been having the occasional small glass on a night. I also give the last bottle before bed as Aptamil formula (although my little girl is now refusing any bottles!!!! Little boy loves it and takes 210ml). This gives me a break & I then pump when they've gone to bed. This gives me some to top them up with through the night (it keeps 6hours out the fridge) or I freeze it.



Hope this helps, let me know how you go on as we are so lucky being twin mummies!



Cal xxx

P.S. Are your twins identical? Boys or Girls? Sorry a bit nosey!!!! lol

Heidi - posted on 07/21/2009

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I also have twins and used fenugreek, which did help. Have you heard of tigers milk? I drunk it everyday while bf if you have a blender put a pint of whole milk 2 fenugreek and a banana blend it up and drink it throughout the day I loved it.

Melissa - posted on 07/21/2009

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I used Fenugreek the whole year that I nursed my twins. I also drank Organic Mother's Milk tea made by Traditional Medicinals. Both worked REALLY good. I was always engorged for feeding even when I was starting to stop. I just takes time, but keep at it. Let me know what you think.

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