Herbal medicines to increase milk supply?

Karmen - posted on 04/09/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am pregnant with my last child and have 3 other children. With my last three children I had problems breastfeeding which caused my children to be hospitalized at 2 months for poor weight gain. I was told poor lactation runs threw my family and just recently learned I have a biological hormone disorder which causes poor lactation and eventually painfully drying up. My question is, how can I get around that? Are there any herbal medicines I could take to increase my milk supply and can I start now before the baby is born so my breasts can be ready to feed when the baby comes? This is my forth and last baby.

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Roxanne - posted on 06/20/2015

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You could try Fenugreek 610mg. I was told by my lactation consultant that it helps some women increase milk supply. 3 capsules 3 times per day (don't worry- it smells like maple syrup). The only side effect I found was that it can make your urine smell like maple syrup. It may or may not work, but it is worth a try.... Also, try pumping at least every 2-4 hours (or hand expressing).

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