How To Use Fenugreek Seeds To Increase Breast Milk Supply?
Created by Harleen Gupta Updated on Oct 05, 2017
Breastfeeding is a very sensitive topic for most mothers, simply because it is the first and foremost nourishment for the baby. Breast milk has been scientifically proved to have tons of benefits for newborns and serves as the only source of food & nutrition in the first six months of life. This is exactly why some women are always concerned if they are producing enough milk for their babies. Although most women are fully equipped to breastfeed, some women are not naturally blessed. While some women may face challenges in breastfeeding, others may face over production of milk. It is the lack of breast milk production that hits us women the most. And it did hit me too.
New moms, like me, will try every possible tip and trick to ensure a full and sufficient supply for their babies, especially home remedies as we consider them the safest. This is when traditional herbs and food sources come in handy. When I was feeling that my baby was not getting enough feed, I resorted to all such tricks and one that found agreement with my family and inlaws, was the use of fenugreek seeds to increase breastmilk It is often termed as super food that helps in increasing breast milk. Let's see what I found out.
Can Fenugreek Seeds Help Increase Breast Milk Supply?
Yes. Indeed. Fenugreek or methi seeds (मेथी दाने ) has been proved to be a galactagogue which means that consuming these seeds will lead to stimulation of the lactation glands in women, thereby increasing milk supply. Since it is easy to consume and can be eaten in multiple forms, fenugreek seeds have been a blessing for new moms struggling with milk supply. As my mother tells me, use of fenugreek seeds to increase breast milk has been in practice for ages, with proven success. Methi seeds have been used in Middle Eastern, North African and the Indian subcontinent to boost breast milk supply, although it is not clear as to how fenugreek helps for the same.
How To Eat Fenugreek Seeds To Increase Breast Milk?
It is very easy to include fenugreek seeds into your diet in case you want to increase your milk supply. Some simple methods to add fenugreek seeds in your daily meals are:
- Fenugreek tea: Simply soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning you can boil them for about 5 minutes in water and strain the seeds. What's left is fenugreek tea which you can sip on daily till you feel the milk supply has increased as per expectation
- Capsules: You can also try buying fenugreek capsules which are easily available at medical stores. Consuming one capsule 2-3 times a day will do the trick
- Eat whole fenugreek seeds for lactation: Take some fenugreek seeds, roughly half a teaspoon and swallow them with a glass of water. They may not taste pleasant, but they can help boost the breastmilk supply. Additionally, you may also gulp down some soaked methi seeds for boosting lactation
- Powdered form: You can grind fenugreek seeds and store them in advance. Eat half a teaspoon with your meals in your curries and dals
- Sprouts: One of the healthiest and tastiest forms you can have fenugreek is in a sprouted form. Mix fenugreek sprouts with salad veggies to make a wonderful salad and enjoy with your meals
How Long Does It Take For Fenugreek Seeds To Increase Milk Supply?
We must understand that all of ours' bodies are different and responds differently to dietary supplements. Most mothers witness an increase in their breast milk supply within two to three days but it can take up as long as two weeks for some mothers to experience any change.
Dosages of less than 3500 mg (3.5 grams) in a day have been seen to have very less or no effect on women bodies. Although fenugreek seeds seem effective in most cases, some women report almost no change in their milk production.
What Should You Know Before Using Fenugreek To Increase Breast milk Supply?
Do you really need it? Even though there is no harm in consuming fenugreek seeds, there is absolutely no necessity to consume them for no reason. As a new mother you must note down symptoms of low milk supply and talk to your doctor to understand if you actually need help in lactation or not. Some signs of low milk supply are:
- Uneven or irregular milk production: If you notice any changes in milk production like no milk supply for long intervals without any reasons. More or less milk supply could also mean that body is adjusting according to baby's demand, not always low milk production
- Drop in baby weight: If your baby suddenly stops putting on weight, it is likely that you are not producing enough milk
Using Fenugreek For Breastfeeding - Side Effects For Baby
Some mothers have noticed that their babies act more fussier and also pass greenish watery stools when they are eating fenugreek seeds for boosting lactation. These symptoms often go away as the use is discontinued. Using methi seeds for increasing breastfeeding is often accompanied with gas and bloating in mothers. Some common side effects that women consuming fenugreek witness are: occasionally loose stools, increased sweat and urine smells, nausea & intestinal distress, skin reactions and drop in blood glucose levels. You need to ensure that you do not increase more than recommended dosage of fenugreek seefs for breastfeeding.
We know how much you love your baby and that you will do everything possible to make sure you provide for and nourish the baby in the best possible way. But sometimes our body simply needs a push to kick start its routine. Fenugreek is one kick starter for breast milk production. All you need to do is talk to your lactation expert and start up a fenugreek rich diet and we are sure you will gain some benefit from the wonderful insight we just shared. This is just my research and may not hold true for everyone. Happy breastfeeding!
Fenugreek tea: Simply soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning you can boil them for about 5 minutes in water and strain the seeds. What's left is fenugreek tea.
Capsules: You can also try fenugreek capsules which are easily available at medical stores. Consuming one capsule 2-3 times a day will be helpful.
Eat whole fenugreek seeds for lactation: Take some fenugreek seeds, roughly half a teaspoon and swallow them with a glass of water. They may not taste pleasant, but they can help boost the breastmilk supply.
Powdered form: You can grind fenugreek seeds and store them in advance. Eat half a teaspoon with your meals in your curries and dals.
Sprouts: One of the healthiest and tastiest forms you can have fenugreek is in a sprouted form mixed with salad veggies.
Women with diabetes cannot use this herb as it dangerously drops the blood sugar level. A woman with a peanut allergy is not supposed to take this herb because this herb belongs to the peanut family. Women with asthma should be cautious while using this herb because it tends to increase asthma symptoms
| Feb 07, 2019
why breast milk becsme sour
| Oct 05, 2017
Fenugreek is really a wonder stuff for breastfeeding mothers. Thanks for sharing.
| Sep 16, 2017
I was coping with low breast milk supply since I came back from the hospital due to infection in my wound after c-section. I tried many many things to increase my supply and nothing would like to help until I started drinking Healthy nursing tea.
| Aug 30, 2017
thanks for useful information
| Aug 30, 2017
my son is just 106 days old.. I could only feed him for a month completely on breast milk.. by the end of third month now I am able to feed him only once daily.. will fenugreek seeds still boost my milk supply?? will I be able to again feed him normally..
| Aug 30, 2017
very useful information, thanks !!
| Aug 30, 2017
yes and jeera also helps to increase milk supply.. u can add jeera in roti ,dal dry sabji aur we can take 1 teaspoon jeera with water.. just dry n see results
| Aug 30, 2017
Hi, Now my baby is 3 months old. I was able to feed her with my breast milk only till 1 month. Still I can see droplets when I press my breast. Can these fenugreek tips will work for me now?
| Aug 30, 2017
fenugreek laddu are also made and given to new mom this helps in lower back pain during initial stages of post delivery