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Fenugreek Bad?

Posted by on Aug. 13, 2007 at 2:56 AM
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I highly recommend AGAINST fenugreek. Recent studies have shown that it may have negative side affects on your baby through your breast milk.

 I copied this from another post and was wondering if anyone else has heard this or knows more about this...or can point me in the direction of this research

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by on Aug. 13, 2007 at 2:56 AM
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harmonysmommy06
by on Aug. 13, 2007 at 3:00 AM
oh man! i don't want to hear stuff like that!!! my nutrienist from WIC even recommended it!!  :(  hopefully someone has some info!! 

mommy to two little princesses:

Harmony Rose-9/06/06

Raine Elizabeth-edd 4/2/05

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Aug. 13, 2007 at 3:14 AM
I've only found one thing: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/features_julieshealthclub/2007/08/the-controversi.html

Nothing here indicates that fenugreek is not good. I saw that post also and was puzzled by it too. Hoping the poster can share the source with us.
AnyaV
by on Aug. 13, 2007 at 3:26 AM
I've read that it's bad.... this is what they said

Fenugreek - although this has been recommended in the past to increase milk supply, it contains coumarin (which is a BIG no-no when nursing) and nicotine. Both can adversely affect the heart rate and blood pressure in mom and babe!

This was on this website:
http://childbirthsolutions.com/articles/postpartum/herbsbrst/index.php


gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Aug. 13, 2007 at 3:39 AM
Hmm. Did a search and found this regarding fenugreek and coumarin and nicotine:

http://community.lsoft.com/SCRIPTS/WA-LSOFTDONATIONS.EXE?A2=ind0203d&L=lactnet&P=18554

http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/danaparoid_d04114_fenugreek_d04492.html


I have found fenugreek listed as an ingredient in herbal treatments to hekp smokers quit, but the listing is very careful to say there's no nicotine.
tattooedsuess
by on Aug. 13, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Quoting gdiamante:

Hmm. Did a search and found this regarding fenugreek and coumarin and nicotine:

http://community.lsoft.com/SCRIPTS/WA-LSOFTDONATIONS.EXE?A2=ind0203d&L=lactnet&P=18554

http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/danaparoid_d04114_fenugreek_d04492.html


I have found fenugreek listed as an ingredient in herbal treatments to hekp smokers quit, but the listing is very careful to say there's no nicotine.
I have also read this before, although I've used fenugreek in the past when relactating, and it seemed fine.  I think this is a personal decision for everyone to make for themselves.  I think it's one of those "grey areas".


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wedon921
by on Aug. 13, 2007 at 8:25 PM
So what is the general concensus?
Use it or not? I am new to the breastfeeding thing, and have been using it...should I continue?

 

kaelynnsmom418
by on Aug. 13, 2007 at 8:31 PM
you know even the LLL recommends Fenugreek in their book. i just started using it to help with my supply. i haven't heard any negatives until now. surely if it was that bad their would be support to it. 
proudparent1191
by on Aug. 14, 2007 at 12:55 AM
I just wanted to let you know when I took it my son broke out in a rash all over his face! I knew it was from the fenugreek because when I stopped taking it the rash went away.
thespiritof76
by on Aug. 14, 2007 at 1:13 AM
It's funny that you posted this, Cause I've wondered if the Fenugreek has been causeing more problems for me!
IF there are traces of Nicotine, it explains why I can feel when I need to take it!
sebct0607
by on Aug. 14, 2007 at 1:15 AM
I tried to use fenugreek with my daughter and didnt seem to have problems as far as that was concerned, but had to quit breastfeeding her for other reasons. I have recomended Fenugreek to many of my friends. I even gave a bottle to a girl with a 6 month old. wic's lactation consultant suggested i use it, so i felt it was safe. by like someon said, it should be your decision.
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