Fenugreek is one of the most effective herbs for increasing breast milk production. It has been successful in even the most difficult of cases. Fenugreek must be used with consistency to experience best results.
In a small percentage of people, Fenugreek can cause gas in mother and/or baby. Adding Fennel, Nursing Tea, Nursing Tincture, Tummy Tea or Tincture will help alleviate this problem while working to increase milk production. Once the milk supply is stable, it is recommended to gradually wean down from Fenugreek, as a sudden decrease in herb consumption can cause a drop in milk supply. Click here for more info on how to do that.
Fenugreek is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it has some slight uterine stimulating properties. Fenugreek should also be avoided by those diabetics or those on strict insulin regimens. Fenugreek is also a member of the Legume family, so people with allergies or sensitivities should avoid Fenugreek as well. If these contraindications prevent you from using Fenugreek, Goats Rue, Blessed Thistle, Nursing Tea or Nursing Tincture would be great alternatives.
Ingredients: Organic Fenugreek Seed. The regular tincture is extracted in organic grape alcohol and the non-alcohol version is extracted in organic vegetable glycerine and distilled water. All Herb Lore tinctures are non-GMO and are gluten-free.
Suggested use: Start with three droppersful (squeezes) three times a day. This is considered a very low dose for this particular herb. With Herb Lore's Fenugreek capsules or tincture, you should see results within 12-24 hours. If you do not see the desired results, you can increase your dosage. The amount that worked for our herbalist when she experienced low milk production was 7 caps (or 7 droppersful of the tincture) three times a day. We've had clients use more, but that's usually not necessary. It is fine to do though, as long as you and your baby are not experiencing any gas or tummy issues, and as long as blood sugar levels are not affected. (Diabetics, check your blood sugar levels often.)
If you start to over-produce breastmilk, reduce the amount of herb intake until you find the right balance for you. Everyone's bodies can all be very different and have different results. Go with what works for you.
Remember, do not suddenly stop Fenugreek unless you absolutely have to (such as painful gas in mom or baby or unchecked diarrhea). If you do have to stop Fenugreek use suddenly, as in these types of situations, be sure to use another product for increasing milk production to replace the Fenugreek that you're discontinuing.
Please note: Insulin-dependent diabetics should use the herb with caution or not at all, as it may affect their blood sugar and insulin medication needs. Larger doses can lower blood sugar levels in some people. Fenugreek is a member of the legume family. People with allergies or sensitivities to legumes should also avoid Fenugreek as a precaution.
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