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Women from many cultures have used herbs to increase breast milk production for thousands of years. More recently, some hospitals and lactation centers in the United States have shown that herbs can aid in increasing breast milk supply. Although there is no scientific research conducted on these herbs to prove their effectiveness or safety, thousands of women have had positive results with them.
Fenugreek seed is an herb commonly used in America and other countries to increase mother's milk. It also fortifies the milk with added vitamins and minerals. Fenugreek is used extensively in countries like India and Mexico to increase mother's milk supply and it is believed to have other health benefits as well.
In other countries, fenugreek is thought to relieve infant colic, ease digestive disorders, calm nerves, and relieve depression. Mothers report that fenugreek can calm and relieve nervous tension caused by stress and fatigue.
To date there are no data to substantiate this claim. However, research studies have shown that fenugreek can increase red blood cell production, thus improving anemia.
The FDA included fenugreek on its list of herbs that are generally considered safe. All parts of this plant are believed to be safe. It is thought to be safe for both mother and infant, but has not been studied in a controlled manner like other drugs. Other benefits of fenugreek for mother and infant:
Capsules are the recommended form of the herb because of greater potency (four times stronger than the tea form). They are easier to take and taste better than the tea.
Most brands of fenugreek come in 580 to 610 mg strength. It is important to take 3 to 4 capsules regularly, 3 times a day. The effectiveness of increasing your milk volume depends on taking the correct dosage. Capsules will be much less effective in increasing your milk supply if you skip doses and only take capsules once a day.
Take pharmaceutical-grade ground fenugreek in capsules. Purchase fenugreek capsules from reputable manufacturers sold at natural and health food stores.
A tincture is a solution of alcohol and water that contains the plant’s ingredients. The alcohol carries the herbal properties quickly into the bloodstream, so tinctures are absorbed faster than capsules or tablets, which have to go through the digestive process. The small alcohol content acts against bacterial contamination and increases shelf life of the preparation.
The tincture is liquid and usually taken with a medicine dropper. A normal tincture dosage is 1 full dropper under your tongue at the beginning of every breastfeeding session or 3 times a day according to response of your milk supply.
Tincture drops may be taken directly under the tongue or mixed with 1 to 2 ounces of water or juice.
If you are concerned about the alcohol content, put the dosage in a small amount of hot water, which dissolves most of the alcohol in a few minutes. Then drink the water.
Fenugreek comes in tea form by itself or as an ingredient in special teas designed for nursing mothers: 3 to 4 cups per day (or more) are needed to increase your milk volume. It is useful to include the tea as part of your fluid intake throughout the day. (Some mothers object to the slight curry taste of the tea.)
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