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Fenugreek for Breast Milk

Overview.

Fenugreek is an important and beneficial drink for the mother, especially newborns. Because it works to generate milk after childbirth, and you can use it as pills or fenugreek oil, so let us learn about the benefits of fenugreek for nursing mothers and how to prepare it.

What is Fenugreek.

Fenugreek is a herb that grows to about 60 to 90 cm tall. It has small white flowers and each green leaf is divided into three smaller leaves.

You may have come across fenugreek without knowing it: The herb has a maple-like taste that’s used to add flavor to artificial maple syrup, and the ground seeds are used in curries. These small golden seeds are what we’re interested in.

Researchers say the reason fenugreek’s success in increasing breast milk production in nursing mothers may be related to fenugreek containing phytoestrogens, which are plant chemicals similar to estrogen.

Does fenugreek really help to increase milk production?

A 2018 review of studies of 122 mothers who took fenugreek showed that the herb really did increase — significantly increased, in the words of analysts — the amount of milk they produced.

And a 2018 study compared 25 mothers who took a super-mix of fenugreek, ginger, and turmeric with 25 mothers who took a placebo.

Voila! The mothers who took the super-mix had a 49 percent increase in milk volume at week 2 and a 103 percent increase at week 4.

How much should you take?

If you’re looking for these benefits in your own life, you probably want to know about how much fenugreek will do the trick.

Herbal tea drinkers can simply steep 1 teaspoon of whole fenugreek seeds in a cup of boiling water for about 15 minutes and sip at leisure two or three times a day.

If you’re looking for a more concentrated form of fenugreek, you may want to try capsule supplements. A good dose is usually 2 to 3 capsules (580 to 610 milligrams per capsule) three or four times per day, but check package instructions.

Fenugreek capsules work fast, so lucky moms will probably see an increase in milk production in as little as 24 to 72 hours. Others may have to wait about 2 weeks — and sometimes fenugreek just isn’t the answer.

Before you start, remember that herbal supplements aren’t regulated in the same way that prescription drugs are. Check with your doctor or lactation consultant before taking any herbal remedy, and stick to trusted brands.

Side effects of fenugreek.

The good news is that no adverse effects were recorded.  but some of the more common potential side effects include:

▪️vomiting.

▪️ Nausea.

▪️ gas.

▪️ diarrhea.

▪️ urine that smells like maple syrup.

Here’s also an important point to remember:

If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to stay away from fenugreek — it can cause uterine contractions.

Use with caution or avoid if you have a history of:

▪️Peanut or chickpea allergy: Fenugreek is in the same family with peanuts and chickpeas, and may cause an allergic reaction in moms who are allergic to these things. Two cases of fenugreek allergy have been reported in the literature.

▪️Diabetes or hypoglycemia: Fenugreek reduces blood glucose levels, and in the few studies using it as a hypoglycemic, also reduces blood cholesterol. Dosages higher than the recommended one may result in hypoglycemia in some mothers.

If you’re diabetic (IDDM), use fenugreek only if you have good control of your blood glucose levels. While taking this, closely monitor your fasting levels and post-prandial (after meals) levels. Mothers with hypoglycemia should also use fenugreek with caution.

▪️ Asthma: Fenugreek is often cited as a natural remedy for asthma. However, inhalation of the powder can cause asthma and allergic symptoms. Some mothers have reported that it worsened their asthma symptoms.

Interactions with other herbs or drugs.

There are no reported interactions with other drugs for those taking fenugreek to increase milk production. But there’s some evidence that fenugreek reduces blood glucose levels, so women who have diabetes may need to adjust their insulin dosage.

It may also interact with blood thinners like warfarin. Check with your doctor before taking fenugreek or other herbal supplements, especially if you take prescription drugs or have diabetes.

Possible side effects for baby.

Most of the time, baby is unaffected by mom’s use of fenugreek (except that more milk may be available for baby). Sometimes baby will smell like maple syrup, too (just like mom). However, some moms have noticed that baby is fussy and/or has green, watery stools when mom is taking fenugreek and the symptoms go away when mom discontinues the fenugreek.

Fenugreek can cause GI symptoms in mom (upset stomach, diarrhea), so it’s possible for it to cause GI symptoms in baby too. Also anyone can have an allergic reaction to any herb, and fenugreek allergy, though rare, has been documented.

Another reason for these types of symptoms –and perhaps more likely than a reaction to the herb– may be that mom’s supply has increased due to the fenugreek and the symptoms are those of oversupply, where baby is getting too much foremilk. Fussiness, gas and green watery stools are classic symptoms of an overabundant milk supply.

Fenugreek benefits for breastfeeding mothers.

▪️It increases the amount of breast milk within 24 to 72 hours.

▪️ Maintaining the health of the mother and her child.

▪️ Promotes the health of the liver and digestive system.

▪️ Stimulates appetite and reduces cholesterol levels.

▪️ Relieves chest congestion.

▪️ relieve dermatitis;

How to prepare boiled fenugreek.

🔸The ingredients:

▪️ 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds.

▪️ Cup water.

🔻How to prepare:

1- Put the water on the fire until it boils.

2- Add a tablespoon of fenugreek to a cup of boiling water.

3- Leave it on the fire for at least 10 minutes.

4- You can eat it by adding a spoonful of honey.

Reference :

Fenugreek for Breast Milk: How This Magical Herb May Help With Supply/https://www.healthline.com/health/breastfeeding/fenugreek-breastfeeding

فوائد الحلبة للمرضعات وطريقة إعدادها/https://www.aljamila.com

Fenugreek Seed for Increasing Milk Supply/https://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/herbs/fenugreek/

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