Many new moms have questions about fenugreek and breastfeeding. They have heard that it can work wonders for their breast milk supply. However, before you try it, there are some things that you should know.
What is It?
Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants. It is commonly grown today in the Mediterranean countries, Argentina, France, India, North Africa, and the United States.
If you are looking to increase your breast milk supply, you may want to try the age-old remedy of fenugreek. Whether you use fenugreek seed tea, fenugreek seed extract or capsules...some moms swear by it! In fact, it has been used by women for centuries to significantly increase the amount of breast milk a mom can produce.
Fenugreek and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding mothers can expect to see an increase in breast milk 24-72 hours after starting the herb, but it sometimes it takes a full two weeks to see a significant difference. No effects are seen in women who take less than 3500 mg per day. However, on a correct dosage, most women see a noticeable increase.
Some moms use this herb to boost milk supply on a short-term basis, while other continues to use it on a longer term basis. Both are completely safe options.
Does it Work?
A Iranian study in 2015 looked at the difference between the weight gain of breastfed babies whose mother used fenugreek and those who did not. Because low milk supply can be a reason women quit breastfeeding, they wanted to determine if the herb would help to overcome that. The results of the study showed that there was a significant difference. This supports what moms have known for some time that, for many women, it really does work to increase breast milk production!
Some Side Effects
Although no studies show any adverse effects from either short or long term use in breastfeeding mothers, some women do experience side effects like the following:
•Loose bowel movements in some moms, which goes away once you stop taking the herb
•Urine and sweat that smells like syrup (actually, if you experience this it means that you have found the correct dose!)
•Hypoglycemia in some women
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