Fenugreek is known to be one of the most effective herbs for helping to increase breastmilk production. It has been successful in even the most difficult of cases. Fenugreek must be used with consistency to experience best results, therefore using a product that contains Fenugreek along with other herbs in the product is not recommended as it makes regulation of Fenugreek intake difficult and can cause an up and down milk supply (or even a drop in milk supply for some women). Using it as a single-herb product such as this (meaning it is the only herb contained in the product), can be highly effective and is extremely easy to use and regulate. Using it as a single herb product provides best results. Details on Fenugreek's consistency issue and how it can cause an up-and-down milk supply when used in a combination product can be seen at the Fenugreek Info article under More Information (below).
Gas: In a small percentage of people, Fenugreek can cause gas in mother and/or baby. Adding Fennel Tincture, Nursing Tea Moringa Blend, Nursing Tincture Moringa Blend, or Tummy Tincture will help alleviate this problem while working to increase milk production.
Discontinuing the herb: Once the milk supply is stable, you may discontinue the herb if you wish, but it is recommended to gradually wean down from Fenugreek should you decide to discontinue, as a sudden decrease in herb consumption can cause a drop in milk supply. Instructions on how to wean down can also be seen in the Fenugreek Info article under More Information.
- Long-term use is considered safe.
- Fenugreek is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it has some slight uterine stimulating properties.
- Fenugreek should be avoided by diabetics who are on strict insulin regimens as larger doses can lower blood sugar levels. If diabetics choose to use Fenugreek, be sure to carefully monitor your blood sugar readings so that you don't go too low.
- Fenugreek is a member of the Legume family, therefore people with allergies or sensitivities should avoid Fenugreek as well.
- Fenugreek may cause you to smell like maple syrup. This is not necessarily a bad thing - it just means the herb is active in your system.
- If these contraindications prevent you from using Fenugreek, Goats Rue, Blessed Thistle, Nursing Tea Moringa Blend or Nursing Tincture Moringa Blend, Moringa Tincture or Shatavari Tincture would be great alternatives. (See Related Products below.)
Organic Fenugreek Seed. The regular tincture is extracted in organic grape alcohol and the non-alcohol version is extracted in organic vegetable glycerine and distilled water. All Herb Lore tinctures are non-GMO and are gluten-free.
Start with three droppersful (squeezes) three times a day. This is considered a very low dose for this particular herb. With Herb Lore's Fenugreek capsules or tincture, you should see results within 12-24 hours. If you do not see the desired results, you can increase your dosage. The amount that worked for our herbalist when she experienced low milk production was 7 caps (or 7 droppersful of the tincture) three times a day. We've had clients use more, but that's usually not necessary. It is fine to do though, as long as you and your baby are not experiencing any gas or tummy issues, and as long as blood sugar levels are not affected. (Diabetics, check your blood sugar levels often.)
If you start to over-produce breastmilk, reduce the amount of herb intake until you find the right balance for you. Everyone's bodies can all be very different and have different results. Go with what works for you.
Remember, do not suddenly stop Fenugreek unless you absolutely have to (such as painful gas in mom or baby or unchecked diarrhea). If you do have to stop Fenugreek use suddenly, as in these types of situations, be sure to use another product for increasing milk production to replace the Fenugreek that you're discontinuing.
Please note: Insulin-dependent diabetics should use the herb with caution or not at all, as it may affect their blood sugar and insulin medication needs. Larger doses can lower blood sugar levels in some people. Fenugreek is a member of the legume family. People with allergies or sensitivities to legumes should also avoid Fenugreek as a precaution.
Oh Pam, you are remarkable, and that spills over into your incredibly-created, life-changing products! I’m not exaggerating. With the help of Fenugreek, I was able to breastfeed my son till he was 10 months. I would’ve been able to keep going, but I found out I was pregnant again and my supply ceased. The other products I love are the Tummy Tincture, Healing Salve, and Itch Relief. These last three items my whole family has used and loved! The past year I bought the Healing Salve at least 6 times! This stuff is a must have for EVERY household. As the original detailed info stated ‘Typical results is that it will heal a diaper rash within hours overnight in severe cases’ Absolutely 100% true!!! I cannot rave enough about this product! You can feel good that you’re putting something that’s healthy on your child and your other family members, their skin is not going to be absorbing anything unnatural or toxic. I’m going to buy this for my cousins that are having babies. Now, the Tummy Tincture was a must for my son and I while I was breastfeeding because we both became bloated while I was taking a larger quantity of the Fenugreek. This helped immensely! Pam, you have done a phenomenal job at meticulously detailing every product and which products work in tandem with one another. I forgot to mention that I also purchased and love the Garlic Ear Oil. It’s given my aching ears relieve many many times. Even when the doctor says she doesn’t see anything out of ordinary within my ears (even though I feel an ear ache coming on), I turn to this product for help. I only have to use it overnight to feel relief. I think that’s everything about the products. Now about you Pam. I have reached out to you twice about problems. You graciously and extensively answered me in depth and with compassion. The entire Herb Lore community is so positive and loving because of you and your products. Thank you so much for making healthy organic natural remedies that really do work, and improve mine and my family and friends lives. I wish you many blessings. Deep gratitude, TLC
Your tinctures were so helpful to get my baby enough milk in the beginning years (Goats Rue, Fenugreek, and Blessed Thistle). Your kindness during our consultation when I had a newborn meant a lot to me during a challenging time, and now I have a healthy 3.5 yr old! Thanks Pam! J.H.