Fenugreek and milk supply
What is it and does it work?
What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is a herb often associated with helping to increase milk supply when breastfeeding. Before you go out and buy some, it's important to know the facts!*
Does it really increase milk supply like moms claim on social media?
According to KellyMom, the few studies that have been done to test whether fenugreek increases milk supply have had mixed results.
Mothers generally notice an increase in production 24-72 hours after starting the herb, but it can take two weeks for others to see a change. Some mothers do not see a change in milk production when taking fenugreek.
How much should I take?
3,500 mg per day seems to be the magic amount. Moms taking less than this reported no effect in many women. Note: please check with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements like fenugreek to increase your milk supply!
How do I take it?
Capsules are most popular, but fenugreek is also available as a powder, seeds, tincture or tea.
What's the connection to maple syrup?
Well, fenugreek is used to artificially flavor maple syrup. It's "considered safe" for nursing moms and on the US FDA list as Generally Recognized as Safe.
What about allergies?
Fenugreek, peanuts and chickpeas all come from the same family. So if you're allergic to those 2 foods, you might have a reaction to fenugreek.
Does it interact with medicine?
Fenugreek does impact some drugs such as insulin (reduces glucose levels). So if you are taking any medication, please speak with your healthcare provider.
Are there side effects for me? For baby?
Taking fenugreek can give mom unpleasant side effects like loose stools and nausea. Baby may experience the same side effects. For a comprehensive list, click here.
For more help giving your supply a boost, check out 8 ways to increase your breastmilk supply.