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Ilovemycritters 05-18-2006 09:10 PM

I'm trying to increase my milk supply since I'm hoping to start working after my daughter is about one or older, and I bought some Fenugreek in the past but drank how much it states in the bottle. Now I've read some women drink more than just 1-2 a day, but it's this different brands or can I drink more?

This is my bottle

GNC Nature's Fingerprint Fenugreek


Do I need to increase my dosage or keep it the way it is? For how long do I drink these pills?

Thanks a bunches ladies!!!

scatterbrainedmom 05-19-2006 12:05 AM

i took 2 pills in the morning and 2 at night. I was taking natures sunshine i think.

scatterbrainedmom 05-19-2006 12:06 AM

you will know you are taking enough when you start to smell like maple syrup :)

Ilovemycritters 05-19-2006 09:43 AM

Thank you, I'll wait for the smell. He he :)

Luv2bemommy 05-19-2006 09:46 AM

I took this when I was nursing and the LC told me you can take up to 9 a day (I was taking 12 at one time), she told me to take 3, 3 times a day.

foofoomomma 05-19-2006 09:57 AM

I also took 3, 3x a day (of the same mg- well 600mg but ya know).... seemed like a lot but IT WORKED! And I did smell like maple LOL This site is awesome....check it out. HTH

bfoster2000 05-19-2006 11:17 AM

I took Fenugreek when I was nursing DJ. The store I went to had two different strengths. One bottle said to take 2, 3 times a day, the other bottle said take 3, 3 times a day (or something like that) but it came out to the same total dosage either way so I went for the cheaper one and took what it recommended. I will tell you I started it in the afternoon and after 3 doses (24 hours), I could tell a huge difference! I was pumping exclusively and the amount I was able to pump was close to double! My milk, sweat, and urine also all started to smell like maple syrup (fenugreek is used as flavoring in artificial maple syrup). Be careful though...I've heard that some babies don't like the maple smell/flavor and will resist the milk. Didn't seem to be a problem for DJ but it did drive dh crazy (just an added bonus! :lostit: )

If you're prone to engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis, you can also take Blessed Thistle along with the Fenugreek. Some people say that the BT boosts your milk a little more, but I was told that it "promotes healthy glandular function" meaning that it just helps keep everything healthy overall with your lactation. Good luck!

emmiebaur 05-19-2006 11:31 AM

I also took 3 pills 3x daily, but I believe my pills were about 200 mgs each. I packed my own 'cause it was way cheaper! Definitely worked, and I can still remember that maple smell!!!

ChurchPunkMom 05-19-2006 11:32 AM

I took the GNC brand capsules - I took 3, 3X/day - 9 pills a day total. It worked pretty well and yeah, maple syrup! My milk, my sweat, my pee, me, my baby... all smelled like maple syrup.:giggle:

StacyB 05-19-2006 11:34 AM

I took 4, 4 times a day. I may still have some...(BFing ended up not working)

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