How to Use Fenugreek for Breast Milk Supply

By Kathryn Hatter
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An inadequate milk supply when breastfeeding can be frustrating and alarming for any mother. As you strive to increase your milk supply, you might turn to herbal remedies for help. Fenugreek is one herb that works as a galactagogue -- a remedy used to increase milk supply, according to international board certified lactation consultant Jessica Barton, with Santa Barbara Lactation. Using fenugreek to build up your milk supply can be effective.

Step 1

Check the ingredient information on the fenugreek label to learn the milligrams of fenugreek in each capsule to determine the dosage. The recommended dosage of fenugreek is 1,200 to 2,400 mg, three times per day, states international board certified lactation consultant Kelly Bonyata, with the KellyMom website, a breastfeeding resource.

Step 2

Take two to three 580 to 610 mg capsules by mouth, three times each day, recommends the Medela Breastfeeding website.

Step 3

Continue the fenugreek regimen for approximately three days to notice a benefit from the fenugreek. Continue taking fenugreek until your milk supply reaches the desired level and then you can discontinue taking it, advises international board certified lactation consultant Cindy Curtis, with the Breastfeeding Online website.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.