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How to Use Fenugreek for Breast Milk Supply

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From eHow By Kristina Jensen

 

Many mothers who breastfeed increase their milk supply by taking fenugreek daily.

Many mothers who breastfeed increase their milk supply by taking fenugreek daily.

 

Called “hairs of the earth” in ancient Egypt, and used throughout the world to increase breast milk supply in lactating women, the fenugreek plant has been used for thousands of years for its various medicinal properties both as an herb and as a spice. Besides increasing breast milk supply, crushed fenugreek seed appears to lower blood sugar and has been used as a treatment for diabetes in Ethiopia. Fenugreek is also a common ingredient in curry powder and adds a maple syrup flavor to artificially flavored maple syrup.

 

Things You’ll Need:

  • low milk supply
  • state of breastfeeding
  • fenugreek capsules
  • baby

Instructions

  1. Step 1

    Try fenugreek, rather than automatically giving up on nursing or switching to formula when you experience low milk supply. You’ll probably be as astonished as I was at how well it worked.

  2. Step 2

    Buy fenugreek capsules at a natural health store, natural supplement store, or drugstore. Or purchase loose fenugreek spice from a reputable herbalist. Good, fresh fenugreek should smell somewhat like maple syrup and not smell acrid.

  3. Step 3

    Take fenugreek seed capsules in sufficient quantity to have an effect. Following the general dosage recommendations on the supplement bottles will generally not suffice, unless they specifically mention the dosage for using fenugreek for low milk supply.

  4. Step 4

    For dosage: Take 4-7 grams a day. This means 2-4 610 mg capsules three times daily OR 1/2-1 teaspoon of the spice (powdered fenugreek seed) dissolved in water, juice or milk three times daily OR 1 cup of fenugreek tea 2-3 times per day. You may start at the lower dosage for a few days and then work up to the maximum dosage if called for.

  5. Step 5

    Notice results within 1-3 days. Continue to take fenugreek seed for several days. Nurse or pump or express breast milk, eliminating as much milk from your breasts as you can to build your milk supply.

  6. Step 6

    You may try going off the fenugreek when you feel your milk supply has increased sufficiently to feed your baby. If your breast milk production lowers again, even with the baby draining your breasts completely, resume taking fenugreek seed in the same dosage as before and keep taking it (see Warnings section).

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  • 1. 阿妍生活日志  |  2010年3月11日 13:39

    再次感谢你。

    看了那么多,总要说声感谢的。

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