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Breastfeeding Herbs: Is it all Fenugreek to You?

Herbs can be confusing because not all herbs are created equal. Cheaper herbs can loose their efficacy quickly.  For increasing milk supply you want a high quality brand Fenugreek in a trusted brand  like Nature's Way Fenugreek for maximum freshness and potency if taking in capsule form. You also need to take the appropriate dosage for your weight.  If you are an average weight and taking  610-626 mg capsules, you should take three capsules three times daily which is a total of 9 capsules per day.  If you are a plus sized mom, you should take 5 capsules three times daily for a total of 15 capsules per day.  Below is a height and weight chart for the average women 18-34 for the purposes of dosage:
4'10"-5' 90-128 lbs
5'1"-5'3" 101-141 lbs
5'4"-5'6" 111-155 lbs
5'7"-5'9" 111-169 lbs
5'10"-6'   132-184 lbs
Fenugreek can also be taken in the form of tea.   Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother's Milk Tea company recommends drinking three cups per day.  There is no recomendation for plus size moms.   Some moms like to use capsules when they are on the go and coffee or tea when they are relaxing with a beverage.  You can also use the tea as a cold beverage once steeped.  It is easier to get the appropriate dosage from capsules.  Fenugreek capsules also work well when combined with another herb such as combining 3 capsules of Fenugreek and two capsules of Blessed Thistle three times daily.  When taking the appropriate dosage in a quality herb, you should see results in just 48-72 hours.
May your cups run over!
Tanya

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