Tia and Tamera Mowry recently launched their new product line “Milky!” Earlier this year, Tia shared some information about their new product on her blog, saying,
“We think Milky is going to be amazing in helping new mommies – it’s made with fenugreek, which is also a great source of iron, calcium, vitamins and minerals. It’s such a simple way for nursing mommies to get the fenugreek they need to produce more milk!”
Even if you do everything right, sometimes breastfeeding just doesn’t work because you aren’t producing enough milk. Fear not however, there is something that can help you get on the right track. It is a spice called fenugreek.
Fenugreek has been used for centuries in the Middle East, India, and Africa to help the stimulation of milk production in breastfeeding mothers. No one knows exactly how, but it can increase production up to 900 percent. The oil that is found in the fenugreek seeds may play a part in this.
Nearly all mothers that have tried this spice have reported better milk production within 24-72 hours. They do not feel the need to take it again once the production has begun, but only as long as they pumped every 2-3 hours and made sure that both [email protected] were pumped evenly. The fenugreek will not help with low milk production if the [email protected] are not being pumped properly.
The fenugreek can be found at most all-natural food stores. They can be found in capsules that contain ground up seeds in them. Most of the brands contain 580-610mg of fenugreek in each. They are roughly $7-$8 per bottle. Many of the brands tell you to take one capsule three times a day, but Kathleen Huggins who runs a breastfeeding clinic in San Luis Obispo says this is not enough for milk production. She recommends taking two to three capsules three times per day. There is fenugreek tea that you can drink as well, but it has a very bitter taste and is not as potent as taking the capsules.
There have not been many reported side effects in women who are taking fenugreek other than a maple syrup smell in the sweat and urine. A handful of women developed diarrhea the first day but it quickly subsided when they stopped taking it or decreased their intake. If you are diabetic take caution when using this spice as it can lower blood sugar levels. If you are still pregnant do not take fenugreek as it can stimulate contractions.