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Fenugreek Intake While Breastfeeding

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What is Fenugreek (methi)?

Fenugreek methi seeds “Trigonella foenum-graecum" have been used as a herb and as a spice. It is grown in India, Egypt, and Morocco.

In many cultures, fenugreek has been used in foods to treat medical conditions.

Interesting Fact

Fenugreek seeds are sometimes ground and used to flavor curries and maple syrup.

Fenugreek seed extract, is most famous for its milk supply benefits, as it is an excellent galactagogue for inducing lactation; mothers don’t need to take heavy, dangerous drugs to increase their breast milk supplies anymore. Taking Fenugreek while breastfeeding is a safer answer.

Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds

Uses of Fenugreek

  • One of the most significant fenugreek benefits is that it is used to increase breastmilk supply.
  • Steeped fenugreek seeds can be used in a poultice for mastitis and engorgement.
  • To treat sinus problems naturally while breastfeeding.
  • To fight infections naturally and safely while breastfeeding.
  • To reduce lung congestion.
  • Reducing menstrual pain.
  • Fenugreek teas are used to lower fever.
  • Fenugreek can be used as a breast enhancer, by promoting the growth of breast cells.
  • It has been used as an aphrodisiac in women.
  • It contains antioxidants that prevent aging.
  • Fenugreek's cholesterol Lowering properties are famous.
  • Fenugreek weight loss: Fenugreek properties stimulate insulin secretion, converting blood glucose into energy, which helps in reducing the production of body fat. The soluble fenugreek fiber in the seeds can create a sensation of "fullness" and reduce appetite as well.

Interesting Fact

Fenugreek fennel mixtures are used together as a fenugreek breast enlargement product. 

Is Fenugreek Safe? 

Taking Fenugreek for breastfeeding & the Possible Side effects.

  • People that use fenugreek herbs often smell like curry or maple syrup.
  • Their urine may change color and smell of maple syrup.
  • Fenugreek and breast milk: Mom’s breast milk may start to smell like maple syrup.
  • Some people may be allergic to fenugreek, which could cause swelling tongue, throat, breathing problems and even hives.
  • Fenugreek blood sugar: Blood sugar levels can drop if taken with other medications.
  • Some women may experience a runny tummy. 
  • Some properties of fenugreek can cause uterine contractions: This is why it should not be used if pregnant.
  • Eating too many Fenugreek seeds in a day can cause stomach cramps. It is not recommended to eat more than 100g.
  • The baby might become a little fussy and may have runny stools. (only in some). 

The fenugreek health benefits and fenugreek uses are many, but precaution should be taken in the case of illness and certain medications taken; first, speak to your health practitioner about fenugreek safety taken with your specific drugs.

How does It Work?

Fenugreek contains some plant chemicals that are similar to estrogen (female sexual hormone). The hormone stimulates sweat, therefore, stimulating the breast; the breast is a modified sweat gland.

Fenugreek can increase breast milk supply within a day, once the mother's milk supply is up, it should stay up without taking more fenugreek.

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The Where and How

How to use fenugreek

  • You can buy fenugreek over the counter in pill, fenugreek extract “fenugreek liquid" or fenugreek seed form at most herbal stores.
  • A fenugreek herbal supplement can be purchased without a prescription.
  • It can also be taken as a tea, but for most, fenugreek tea is terribly bitter to drink. How to make fenugreek tea: Seep one tsp of fenugreek seeds in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. The fenugreek tea should be taken at least three times daily.
  • Fenugreek leaves, from the fenugreek plant, can be used in cooking and are enriched with minerals like Potassium, Calcium, and Iron.
  • Fenugreek dosage needed is approximately 6 fenugreek supplement capsules daily (3500mg per day), or until your urine starts to smell like maple syrup. Fenugreek can be taken short-term or long-term.
  • If taken in powder or seed form, you can take 1 tsp three times daily mixed with water or juice. (Taking Fenugreek in seed form may cause stomach cramps).
  • The easiest and tastiest way that I have found is sprouting the seeds of fenugreek whole; soak in a glass of clean water, then put them in a dark place with a little water covering only part of the seeds. Keep rinsing them with clean water. Within 5 days you can add your fenugreek sprouts to your salads.

Sprouting Fenugreek Seeds

Do not Use Fenugreek Supplements or take Fenugreek in any form, if you…

  • Are pregnant.
  • Have a nut allergy.
  • Have diabetes or hypoglycemia.
  • Have asthma.
  • Have migraines.
  • Have low blood pressure or heart disease.
  • Are on medications such as glipizide, insulin drugs, heparin, warfarin, ticlopidine, and MAOIs.

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