Fenugreek to increase milk supply!!?

Shawna - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Has anybody tried this herb? If so, what did you think of it? Did it work? Did you have any problems with it? Thanks

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Jessica - posted on 11/27/2016

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I have been using fenugreek to increase my supply and it was working but was causing tummy ache in my baby, so I changed it with Healthy nursing tea. Now, successfully breastfeeding my baby with no tummy related issues.

Dana - posted on 06/29/2009

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I used Mother's Milk tea also. The brand it Traditional Medicinals. It's also organic.

Salem - posted on 06/26/2009

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Hi, Shawna! My son is 11 weeks old, and he was 9lbs, 15oz at birth, and a very big eater (still is). My lactation cons. recommended the Fenugreek, and I started taking 3 capsules 3 times a day when he was 3 weeks old. It has seemed to help me keep up with him. He nurses every 2 hours during the day (or I pump if I'm away) and we rarely supplement with formula. I stopped using it for about a week once and it seemed like I was slower to fill back up after nursing. As for problems, none that I'm aware of. Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 06/26/2009

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There is a tea you can brew called Mother's Milk (I don't remember te brand name). I found it to be effective within a couple of hours of drinking a cup.

Chona - posted on 06/26/2009

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I have been taking Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle and it has helped increase my milk supply. The only side effect for me is that I smell like maple syrup when I sweat.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/26/2009

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I have not used Fenugreek. I was told that it doesn't always work and when you really need it you need results. I was given Shatavari by my board certified lactation consultant. It works nearly 100% of the time to give you a great boost in supply in roughly 3 days time. It's a capsule that is taken 4 times a day (1 capsule at a time). While you are taking it you must get as much stimulation from either baby or pump to make it work. If you exclusively breastfeed I would suggest adding 2-3 pumping sessions a day. Pumping does not mean that you have to do it for long periods of time. It is about emptying the breasts. Usually you can do this in under 15 minutes. Use a double pump if possible because that gives you double the stimulation. Electric is also preferred . Good luck! I would highly suggest the Shatavari.

Ramona - posted on 06/26/2009

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I have taken Fenugreek with varying success. With my first daughter, she was 11 mos at the time, I took it to boost milk supply to be able to leave her for a week while I had to go out of town on business. I probably started 2-3 weeks prior to departure, and it worked beautifully.

With my second daughter I have taken it at times because my milk supply has dropped. It has worked okay, but I also haven't been as dilligent with an extra pumping session/day in conjunction. You do have to take a lot more than what the bottle recommends; I take 3 capsules 3 times/day and right now I can't remember what that dose ends up being. Yes, you will smell like maple syrup but it isn't obnoxious.

Laurie - posted on 06/26/2009

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it worked well for me and the majority of my clients. you need to take enough capsules to smell like maple syrup for it to be effective.

Julia - posted on 06/26/2009

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I tried using this herb in conjunction with blessed thistle when my son was about 7 or 8 months old. It did not work all that well for me but I've had patients, lactation consultants and fellow moms tell me that they seemed to notice herbs sometimes work better to increase milk supply when your baby is very young...like a few weeks to a couple months old. After that it seems that prescription medications tend to work better. This isn't fact just something I've observed in my experience. That was the case for me. I tried Domperidone and that worked FAR better than the herbals. I found that the herbals were way more expensive compared to the medication. Hope this helps.

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