Answers to Your Questions about Fenugreek and Breastfeeding.
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.
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.
Fenugreek and BreastfeedingBreastfeeding 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.
Some Side EffectsAlthough now 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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