Lots of moms are worried about their milk supply, especially if they are pumping or returning to work. There are many ways to increase your milk supply without taking herbs, but if you decide that herbs are for you, fenugreek is a great choice. Always check with your doctor or a lactation consultant before taking any herbs.
If you are going to take an herb to increase your milk supply, we recommend taking a combination of fenugreek with blessed thistle. You can find this item at Whole Foods and other natural herb stores. The bottle of fenugreek that you get gives a recommended dosage. You will likely need to take much more than this recommended dosage to see an effect. Generally, most lactation consultants will recommend taking 3 to 4 pills, 3 to 4 times per day. You will know when you are taking enough because your skin will smell like maple syrup!
Fenugreek works great for some moms and makes less of a difference for others. Give it a few weeks, if it doesn’t improve your supply, check into other ways to increase your supply. Our Pumping Tips Article gives great tips for increasing your supply.
You can find more great information about fenugreek on Breastfeeding.com as well!
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