There is often a lot of discussion with breastfeeding mothers about their concerns with their milk supply. More specifically, the lack of their milk supply.
Many of the mothers who have used our Healthy Mummy Range, have noticed an increase in their milk supply. There could be many reasons why this occurred, but one of them might be the inclusion of Fenugreek seed extract in our ingredients.
What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is used all around the world including Asia and the Middle East as a culinary herb and spice. It has also been used for centuries as a way in which to increase milk supply in breastfeeding mothers and animals.
Fenugreek is deemed a galactagogue, which is a food, herb or medication which may increase breast milk supply.
How does it work?
It is not exactly understood how fenugreek works in increasing the milk supply. It is thought that the oil within the seeds play a role in the stimulation of breast milk.
Fenugreek seeds also contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin (which is a compound that has properties similar to estrogen).
It has been found in women to increase the supply of breast milk within 24 to 72 hours, although some women may take up to 2 weeks to benefit from increased milk supply.
It is important to note that while taking fenugreek, you will also need to ensure that you drain the breasts to achieve maximum results.
In one observational trial conducted using fenugreek, 10 women, over a two week period, found that the average daily milk volume for week 1 was 207 ml compared to 464 for week 2 after taking fenugreek. This increase was statistically significant.
It was shown in this study that the use of fenugreek significantly increased milk supply but it also was noted that this was an observational study in which the mothers recorded their own information.
The research suggested that further study needed to be conducted but that it looked as if fenugreek could be beneficial in improving women with insufficient supply.
How much fenugreek should I take?
The suggestion is often around 500mg per day. But like any supplementation, it is best to talk to your GP or lactation consultant.
There are some other common boosters for your milk supply which are listed on our website.
There is also a lot of information about breastfeeding and weight loss as it is important that you do not lose too much weight too quickly while breastfeeding as this can affect your milk supply.
Read further here to see how much weight you should lose.
If you are ready to lose weight then The Healthy Mummy plans offer a healthy and safe exercise and diet routine that are safe if you are breastfeeding.