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By Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC

Jo-Anne LawlessQ. What is fenugreek, and what is the recommended dosage?

A. The recommended dosage for Fenugreek is two or three capsules 3 times per day. Reportedly, it can take 24 to 76 hours to see an initial increase in supply, but the supply has the potential to be increased up to 900%, which is substantial. There are a couple of potential side effects of taking this~the most serious being an aggravation of asthmatic symptoms, and a chance that it could cause diarrhea in the mother. Now, it is a little more difficult to spot diarrhea in a breastfed baby, but if his stools turn watery or very green, you should definitely consider lowering the dosage. Once your supply has sufficiently increased, you can discontinue taking the fenugreek. You'll know you're making enough milk when your baby soaks 6 to 8 diapers per day.

It is good to consult with a qualified naturopath before taking this sort of aid, but it generally considered safe and very effective.

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