Breast milk production is all about demand and supply. When the baby demands milk, the mother’s body produces and supplies that amount of milk to the baby. Most women produce enough milk for their babies. However, some might produce an inadequate amount of milk due to several reasons. Lactation experts could help women review breastfeeding positions and suggest latch techniques to improve breast milk supply. Find out 5 Ways To Use Fenugreek To Increase Breast Milk Production

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Doctors, lactation experts, and healthcare providers recommend a healthy diet and a well-rested body to produce milk. The elders in the family may also suggest consuming fenugreek, an herb, trigonella foenum-graecum L, to increase the production of breast milk. But is fenugreek effective? If yes, what are its benefits? Does it have any side effects for the lactating mother or the baby? You will find all this and more here. Read on.


Can The Herb Fenugreek Increase A Mom’s Milk Supply?

How Long Does It Take For Fenugreek To Increase Milk Supply?

5 Ways To Use Fenugreek To Increase Breast Milk Production

  • Fenugreek Leaves
  •  Capsules
  • Fenugreek tea
  • Fenugreek powder 
  • Sprouted fenugreek seeds 

Other Benefits of Fenugreek For Nursing Mothers

Side-Effects Of Consuming Fenugreek

Fenugreek Breastfeeding Side Effects For Baby


Can The Herb Fenugreek Increase A Mom’s Milk Supply?

In many different cultures around the world, certain herbs or plants or potions are consumed to increase breast milk production. Several new mothers in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and North Africa have been consuming the herb fenugreek in its various forms since the past many years and generations, to boost their milk production/supply. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan publishes a paper  on ‘Increasing Breast Milk Supply’ (Source 1)  postulates the usage of fenugreek as  herbal galactogogues. Galactogogues are substance the promotes the flow of mother’s milk during lactation. Also, the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation mentions fenugreek as an herb that contains pharmacological agents that are similar to those present in lactation-inducing and lactation-boosting drugs.(Source 2) The oil present in fenugreek seeds is believed to play a vital role in boosting breastmilk production. Also read: Does Fenugreek Increase Breast Milk Supply?

How Long Does It Take For Fenugreek To Increase Milk Supply?

Fenugreek capsules are available at almost every food and health store, with every bottle containing about 100 tablets weighing approximately 580-610 mg of fenugreek. The prescribed dosage of fenugreek for new mothers is three capsules three times a day. Since fenugreek is a fast-acting herb, the effects of consuming fenugreek are observed between 12 and 24 hours. Lactating mothers have reportedly felt an increase in their breast milk production well within 72 hours of taking the capsule. You can stop the consumption of fenugreek capsules once the milk production has increased.  It has, however, been observed by healthcare professionals and doctors that fenugreek does not boost milk production when both the breasts are not adequately well-drained. Also,  if the consumption of fenugreek is below 350 mg, you will not get  desirable results with regards to increase in breastmilk production.

5 Ways To Use Fenugreek To Increase Breast Milk Production

Fenugreek can be consumed in different forms. Below are 5 different ways in which you can boost your breast milk production through different forms of fenugreek.

Fenugreek Leaves Boosts Breast Milk Production

You can cook fenugreek leaves with other spices and consumed as a vegetable. As a corollary, fenugreek is one of the basic ingredients of the curry powders.. It is the main ingredient in Indian cooking, as well as the five spice mixture used in different Asian cooking recipes and styles

Fenugreek Capsules

Ground fenugreek seeds, that are high in fiber, are consumed in the capsule format

Fenugreek Tea Boosts Breast Milk Production

Some women also prefer to have a bitter tasting fenugreek tea. However, this method is not as rewarding and potent as the others, in terms of breast milk production

Fenugreek Powder

Fenugreek can be taken in the form of powder as well. You can consume fenugreek powder along with a glass of fruit juice

Sprouted Fenugreek Seeds Boosts Breast Milk Production

Some women also consume fenugreek leaves as a part of a green salad preparation; while some have sprouted fenugreek seeds as part of sprout salad preparation

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Other Benefits of Fenugreek For Nursing Mothers

Apart from increasing the breast milk supply, fenugreek can help a nursing mother in following ways:

  • One of the positive effects of fenugreek is its role in helping reduce asthma by decreasing the production of mucus. However, some lactating mothers who have had asthma have complained of aggravation of their condition
  • Fenugreek is believed to work wonders for those suffering from coughs, bronchitis and sinus problems. During lactation, mothers are advised to avoid taking medications, especially the OTC medications as they could enter the baby’s bloodstream and cause health concerns. In this eventuality, if a lactating mother suffers from a cough or sinus problems, consuming fenugreek could deliver several benefits, all at once

Side-Effects Of Consuming Fenugreek

It is commonly known that herbs also have some side effects, some serious ones as well. Hence, consuming fenugreek could prove to be undesirable for some women.

  • Consuming fenugreek could lead to a maple syrup-like odor to the urine and sweat of the lactating mother
  • Some women develop and complain of diarrhea. The condition subsides as the dosage is reduced or stopped
  • Also, fenugreek is seen to reduce blood glucose levels. If you are a diabetic and a lactating mother tread with caution and consume fenugreek upon the recommendation of your lactation expert or doctor

Fenugreek Breastfeeding Side Effects For Baby

Doctors and healthcare providers do not recommend pregnant women to consume fenugreek as it could stimulate the uterus and lead to contractions.
Babies of lactating mothers who consume fenugreek have not shown any negative side effects.

Always consult with your doctor or a lactation consultant before you start consuming fenugreek for increasing the milk production. They may tell you the correct dosage of consuming fenugreek. Start will small dosage to avoid any side effects and despite all these measures, if your milk production is not going up, they do let your doctor know.
Did you use fenugreek to increase your breast milk supply? Did it augment your milk supply? Do let us know in the comments section below.