Fenugreek

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tink9702's picture
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Fenugreek

I am having some supply issues and decided to try fenugreek tablets. Any idea how much I should take to start with? I know the goal is to smell like maple syrup, but does that usually mean once a day, one tablet?? The ones I have are 600mg.

Thanks in advance!!!!

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I can't recall the mg amount in the ones I used, but I'm almost positive it was 600 too. My LC was saying 3 capsules 3 times a day. They didn't do much for me (but mothers milk tea did oddly enough). HTH!

ETA: Do you have any idea what's causing the supply issues? O'ing/AF can be a big culprit. As helpful as fenugreek can be for some, offering the boob is the easiest way to get the supply up if your LO will take it. I also found pumping once or twice a day helped me too when she didn't want to nurse tons more.

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I used Fenugreek with my son...I think I took 2 capsules 4/day - basically until I started to smell like maple syrup (although I don't remember how many mg the capsules were). With my daughter, I used Mother's Milk Plus and it worked much better for me. If you are going to use just Fenugreek, they recommend liquid over dried herbs...I read it works better!

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You can take up to 4 tablets/4 times a day safely. Depending on your weight/metabolism it may take way less.... You can always take the max dose and then bring it down if you find it is too much!

Be sure that you are taking the Fenugreek Seed, over just Fenugreek, It is more effective!

And like the PP said, tinctures (liquid form) are more potent, but also more expensive.

Fenugreek also works great (sometimes better!) when combined with another herb such as blessed thistle or marshmallow root....

I hope this helps!!! Smile

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"MissMia" wrote:

I can't recall the mg amount in the ones I used, but I'm almost positive it was 600 too. My LC was saying 3 capsules 3 times a day. They didn't do much for me (but mothers milk tea did oddly enough). HTH!

ETA: Do you have any idea what's causing the supply issues? O'ing/AF can be a big culprit. As helpful as fenugreek can be for some, offering the boob is the easiest way to get the supply up if your LO will take it. I also found pumping once or twice a day helped me too when she didn't want to nurse tons more.

Yes - AF is here. Problem is pumping I just can't get enough and I work outside the home 3 days a week. I pump every 3 hours those days and I am nursing every 2 hours during the day at home. She also wakes once a night to eat too. The tea doesn't do enough for me - I use that already... I just don't want to use formula especially since she has a lactose sensitivity!

Thanks ladies!!!

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It's really common to experience supply changes when AF returns. Here's a passage from Kellymom.com:

Low milk supply associated with menstruation: Calcium/magnesium supplement

Some women experience a drop in milk supply from ovulation (mid-cycle) until the first day or two of the next menstrual period. A woman's blood calcium levels gradually decrease during this period of time, and for some women the drop in blood calcium causes a drop in milk supply. For women who have this problem, calcium/magnesium supplements may be helpful. This practice has also been reported to eliminate most uterine cramping and some premenstrual discomfort such as water retention.

The recommended calcium supplement dosage is between 500 mg calcium/250 mg magnesium and 1500 mg calcium/750 mg magnesium (the higher dosage is generally more effective). Calcium dosages this high should not be taken alone, but as a calcium/magnesium (or calcium/magnesium/zinc) combination. Otherwise the calcium will not be adequately absorbed into your body. The amount of supplement depends on the composition of your diet -- the more animal protein, the more calcium/magnesium needed. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, the lower dosage may work fine for you.

Start the supplement when you ovulate, and continue through the first few days of your menstrual period. If periods are irregular, then begin calcium/magnesium at 14 days after the beginning of your last menstrual cycle, or simply take the supplement every day.

and the link to that page - http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/natural-treatments.html

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