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Did fenugreek work for *you*??

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Hi ladies,

I've been having problems BFing and I have to pump and dump for a little while. My milk supply plummeted, and my IBCLCs started me on fenugreek. I feel like I'm taking a SHITLOAD of it... three 610mg capsules three times a day, up from two a day, as they suggested. But my body hasn't responded to it at ALL, my supply is still devastatingly low, and now I'm getting mild headaches every day.

Has anyone else had problems with fenugreek, or is it supposed to work? I wasn't sure if it just doesn't work the same for everyone, because all I've ever heard is that it makes your milk supply go nuts. I have to visit the CLCs next week but I was just wondering if other BFers have tried fenugreek and had no success with it...

by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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jtblaster
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:13 AM
Yes it's works. I had a recent dip because of a compound o things. Stress, period, caught a cold. The number one thing you can do when you have a supply dip is nurse nurse nurse!!! Also fenugreek works bear when paired with blessed thistle. I took 3 blesss thistle 3 fenugreek and 1 fennel seed in the am. 3 blessed thistle 3 fenugreek at lunch. And 3 blessed thistle and 3 fenugreek and 1 fennel seed at night. It is a lot of pills but it shouldn't take long to make your production to pick up. You can also try mothers milk or other lactation support teas. I also picked up some calming essential oils to help me relax because I was stressing to much. Good luck! And nurse nurse nurse!!!
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Tea4Tas
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:28 AM
Worked for me-especially for pumping (and I was a cow at pumping-got 20 ounces with a double pump in 10 minutes) The dose is correct when your urine smells like maple syrup-and I mean you can smell it when you are peeing-very distinct.
MamaNeeNee
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:37 AM
I used a combo of fenugreek and something else.. I can't remember at the moment.. Sorry. Then with my second I used mothers milk or something like that I found at a natural foods store. Just nurse as much as possible, pumping really does nothing for your body.
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MamaNeeNee
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:39 AM
Yep that's what I used blessed thistle!

Quoting jtblaster:

Yes it's works. I had a recent dip because of a compound o things. Stress, period, caught a cold. The number one thing you can do when you have a supply dip is nurse nurse nurse!!! Also fenugreek works bear when paired with blessed thistle. I took 3 blesss thistle 3 fenugreek and 1 fennel seed in the am. 3 blessed thistle 3 fenugreek at lunch. And 3 blessed thistle and 3 fenugreek and 1 fennel seed at night. It is a lot of pills but it shouldn't take long to make your production to pick up. You can also try mothers milk or other lactation support teas. I also picked up some calming essential oils to help me relax because I was stressing to much. Good luck! And nurse nurse nurse!!!
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MsMcWithey
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM
Yes, it absolutely worked. And a gallon of water a day.
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MyahsMom
by Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM
I agree with this! I have never tried fenugreek but I'm always surprised at how much every one says how little pumping does for you. I think pumping works great!!! For me anyways. I pump like a cow! I even donated two chest freezers full of milk and still going strong, with full production 10 months in.


Quoting Tea4Tas:

Worked for me-especially for pumping (and I was a cow at pumping-got 20 ounces with a double pump in 10 minutes) The dose is correct when your urine smells like maple syrup-and I mean you can smell it when you are peeing-very distinct.

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1sttimemom2011
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 8:52 AM
It helped me nurse, pumping wasnt very successful after a while. Although I felt like walked around smelling like a waffle! Lmao! All my fluids were super strong and sweet smelling
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CRFstffrd
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM
I am took fenugreek and it worked wonders for my supply.
I hope things start going well for you.
Good luck
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jtblaster
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM
Haha whoa sorry for all the Spelling errors. It was pretty early here when I wrote that up :) about 3am


Quoting jtblaster:

Yes it's works. I had a recent dip because of a compound o things. Stress, period, caught a cold. The number one thing you can do when you have a supply dip is nurse nurse nurse!!! Also fenugreek works bear when paired with blessed thistle. I took 3 blesss thistle 3 fenugreek and 1 fennel seed in the am. 3 blessed thistle 3 fenugreek at lunch. And 3 blessed thistle and 3 fenugreek and 1 fennel seed at night. It is a lot of pills but it shouldn't take long to make your production to pick up. You can also try mothers milk or other lactation support teas. I also picked up some calming essential oils to help me relax because I was stressing to much. Good luck! And nurse nurse nurse!!!

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MamaMerkle126
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM

What the WHAT? There's cookies??? =D


Quoting 1stpreggers:

you have to take alot but, it works! I took it with my ds, but it gave me bad gas. Lactaction cookies also helped me a lot and they taste great.



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