Mar 26, · Berens P, Swafford S. Effect of fenugreek on breast milk volume. Presented at the 5th International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. ; Full text of paper obtained from Pamela Berens, MD, May Forinash AB, Yancey AM, Barnes KN, Myles TD. The use of galactogogues in the breastfeeding mother/ Fenugreek does pass into the breast milk, but it's believed to be safe for both mom and baby when used in moderation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rated fenugreek as Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). .
BOTTOM LINE:The available studies support using fenugreek to increase breast milk production and the rate of weight gain in newborn babies. Some women in studies report significant changes in milk supply, while others seem to notice more side effects. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) is an herb that is often used in cooking and for medicinal properties. Women have taken fenugreek for increasing breast milk in India, North Africa and the Middle East since ancient times. The market is flooded with fenugreek supplements for breastfeeding mothers, but do they really work? Let us find out.
[ ] supplements containing fenugreek that are commonly used to increase milk supply. She mentioned that using fenugreek while breastfeeding can potentially cause peanut allergies in babies when there is a history of food allergy in the family. I had never heard of this before [ ]. Answer: Fenugreek is a herb that has been used for hundreds of years by nursing mothers to increase their milk supply. The most common reasons for low milk supply are not nursing often enough, illness, fatigue, stress and returning to work, so these factors should be addressed before turning to herbal supplements to increase supply.