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Fenugreek seed has been used to increase milk production since ancient times. The herb contains phytoestrogens, which are plant chemicals similar to the female sex hormone oestrogen. A key compound, diosgenin, has been shown experimentally to increase milk flow.

Fenugreek seeds contain hormone precursors that increase milk supply, which scientists do not know for sure how this happens. Some believe it is possible because breasts are modified sweat glands, and fenugreek stimulates sweat production. It has been found that fenugreek can increase a nursing mother's milk supply within 24 to 72 hours after first taking the herb. Once an adequate level of milk production is reached, most women can discontinue the fenugreek and maintain the milk supply with adequate breast stimulation.

How Do you take it?

Buy the actual herbs at any Indian store and drink it as tea or cook with food.

Potential Side Effects

Sweat and urine smells like maple syrup which is common and often a sign that you have reached the right dose. 

 Loose stools in some women, which go away when fenugreek is discontinued.  

Hypoglycemia in some mothers.  

Can cause uterine contractions so do NOT use if you're pregnant.


Diabetic mothers should use caution with fenugreek since it can cause lowering of blood glucose levels.

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