Increase Your Milk Supply
Most women do have a sufficient milk supply — and even make more than their babies need. However there are some mommies who, in certain circumstances may want to try and boost their milk production or pumping yield.
Fenugreek has been used for centuries to help increase milk supply of breastfeeding mothers.
Fenugreek can be used either short-term to boost milk supply or long-term to increase pumping yields. There are no studies indicating problems with long-term usage. The herb can be discontinued once milk production is stimulated to an appropriate level.
NATURE'S LOVE FENUGREEK
Nature’s Love Fenugreek is 80% grounded seeds and 20% extract of the active ingredient saponin (it's like extracting Vitamin C from an orange, so you don’t have to eat 10 oranges to get your 500mg of Vitamin C!).
Saponin is the active ingredient responsible to increase milk production.
Thus, Nature’s Love Fenugreek is evidently far more potent.
Increasing Milk Supply
The dosage necessary to help to increase breastmilk production is about 4500mg - 8000mg per day, (this is way below safety level suggested at 100g or 100,000mg)
Take 3 capsules of Nature's Love Fenugreek, 3 times a day. Most mommies see results within 1 - 3 days. If you do not see much improvement after 3 days, increase the intake to 5 capsules 3 times a day. Many mommies see results only after 2 – 4 weeks of consistent usage.
When taking fenugreek, you do have to consistently stimulate your breast by either direct feeding your baby or pumping frequently. Never go more than 4 hours without removing milk from your breast. And when trying to increase supply, you should also Direct Latch/pump at around 3 am. This is because 12am to 5am is the time that the hormone prolactin is secreted the most- Prolactin is the hormone responsible for more milk production the next day.
Once your supply has increased to your satisfaction (ie 3 - 5oz every 3 - 4 hourly), you can try to reduce the dosage slowly and eventually stop. But some mommies find that their supply also reduce when they stop fenugreek, so they continue to take it for as long as they are breastfeeding. It's safe to take fenugreek long term.
Fenugreek is on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's GRAS list (Generally Recognized as Safe)
Fenugreek is not to be used during pregnancy as it can be a uterine stimulant. However it is still safe to consume curry that has been spiced by fenugreek.
Fenugreek has been used traditionally to treat diabetes, coughs, congestion, bronchitis, sinus condition, fever, high blood pressure, headaches/migraines, diarrhea, flatulence, anaemia, irregular menstrual cycles and arthritis, to ease labor pains and menstruation pain, and as an appetite stimulant. Fenugreek has also been used as an external poultice to control inflammation and dandruff.
Amazingly, besides increasing milk production in nursing mothers, fenugreek has an age-old reputation as a breast enlarger. It may also aid in increasing sexual desire in women as well as increasing breast beauty and health. It is also helpful in calming PMS and symptoms of menopause. Fenugreek is also considered to be an aphrodiasiac and rejuvenator.
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