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March 13th, 2013, 06:49 PM
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Has anybody used it for better lactation and did it actually work? I'm having a hard time producing enough milk for Evan.
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March 13th, 2013, 07:31 PM
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What makes you think you are not producing enough? A lot of women think they are not but their suppy is actually just fine. But I did take fenugreek with Katelynn and it worked well. You need to take it until you smell like syrup.
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March 13th, 2013, 07:43 PM
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I took it when I went back to work and I absolutely hated the syrup smell. It got to where it made my stomach sick. It worked though.
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March 13th, 2013, 07:54 PM
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Other options are mother's milk tea, lactation cookies. I suggest checking out kellymom.com, that site has tons a resources for every bf situation.
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March 13th, 2013, 10:30 PM
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I did use it with Charlie, and it actually caused me to overproduce, to the point where he started to reject my milk. So, tread carefully! It can be very powerful stuff.
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March 14th, 2013, 12:04 AM
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I used to use the fenugreek tea. It worked but i didn't really like the taste so i stopped.
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March 14th, 2013, 12:24 AM
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Fenugreek works but you have to keep taking it. The problem with an early baby is they don't nurse as often as a full term baby so it takes longer to build up a good supply. If you can get a pumping session in at least once a day and completely drain your breasts, your body will start making more.
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I did use it with Charlie, and it actually caused me to overproduce, to the point where he started to reject my milk. So, tread carefully! It can be very powerful stuff.
This. And be very careful with it. A lot of times it causes tummy upset in moms and babies and becomes a booby trap. Mom takes it, baby fusses and cries because of tummy upset. Mom thinks baby isn't getting enough milk so she takes more Fenugreek, thus causing more tummy upset in babe and babe fusses more and mom ends up supplementing with formula because she thinks it's not working and her supply is low when she might not have had a supply issue at all.

"I want to touch on fenugreek, it is one of the most known and advised lactation herbs. Fenugreek is not to be taken during pregnancy. Be careful with fenugreek. It is usually the last herb that we reccommend, and even at that it is with hesitation. Fenugreek can make both moms and babies have upset tummies. It can make babies appear reflux-y, colic-y and gassy. It can make moms "bulk up", and give mom diarrhea. It is not supposed to be used long term, three weeks is the limit, and when you cease taking it, it can cause your supply to drop again. It also can not be taken by people who are hypoglycemic. "

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March 16th, 2013, 03:56 PM
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My lactation consultant said there is no research behind it, but it doesn't hurt to try. It didn't work for me. I took 3/ 3x a day and smelled. My pedi said that if you haven't seen an improvement within 5 days for taking it that it won't work.
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March 17th, 2013, 07:52 PM
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I tried it, but nothing. I had better luck with the zantac 150 temporarily upping my supply (I needed it or prilosec, used that for out and about and noticed the side affect)
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