Fenugreek Breastfeeding
October 1, 2011  zhion@zhion.com
Fenugreek
Common Names - fenugreek, fenugreek seed; Latin Name - Trigonella foenum-graecum

Fenugreek seeds are rich source of trigonelline, lysine and l-tryptophan and they also contain a large about of steroidal
saponins and fibers. These two elements are thought to account for many benefits of fenugreek. The steroidal saponins
may inhibit cholesterol absorption and synthesis while fiber is thought to help lower sugar levels [2,3]. Studies have
shown that fenugreek helped lower cholesterol, blood sugar levels in patients suffered from diabetes. [4-10]. Further,
fenugreek has been found to benefit breastfeeding or milk supply.
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Scientific Supports for Fenugreek Benefits

Fenugreek breastfeeding for increasing mother's milk / milk supply
The effect of galactagogue herbal tea on breast milk production and short-term catch-up of birth weight in the first week
of life. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Feb;17(2):139-42. Link:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21261516
Clinical Study! Maternal galactagogue herbal tea containing fenugreek supplementation seems to be useful for
enhancing breast milk supply and facilitating infant birth weight regain in early postnatal days.

Lactagogue effects of Torbangun, a Bataknese traditional cuisine. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2006;15(2):267-74.
Link:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16672214
Clinical Study! Coleus amboinicus lour supplementation increased breast milk production without compromising the
nutritional quality of the breast milk. Lactating women receiving Coleus amboinicus Lour supplementation had a 65%
increase in milk volume (supply) during the last two weeks of supplementation (from Day 14 to Day 28). This increase
was greater than that of lactating women receiving Molocco+B12 tablets (10%) or Fenugreek seeds (20%).

Galactogogues: medications that induce lactation (milk supply). J Hum Lact. 2002 Aug;18(3):274-9.
Link:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12192964
Traditional antipsychotics, sulpiride and chlorpromazine, have been evaluated, but adverse events limit their use.
Human growth hormone, thyrotrophin-releasing hormone, and oxytocin have also been studied. Finally, a natural
product, fenugreek, has been purported to be effective in anecdotal reports.
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Fenugreek - Baby - Soothing Methods
Soothing methods used to calm a baby in an Arab country. Acta Paediatr. 2009 Feb;98(2):392-6.
Link:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19143669
Survey The most common soothing method was breast-feeding (99.1%), followed by holding and carrying the infant
(96.9%), letting infant suck on his thumb or finger (87.3%), herbal tea (65%), night bottle (42.1%) and swaddling infant
(19.5%). Over 90% of mothers of all nationalities, preferred not to use pacifiers. Soothing herbs were often used, with
the commonest being anise (165 mothers used anise). Fennel tea was also used by a substantial number of mothers
(75), with gripe water (64), cumin (33), chamomile (32), mint (22) and fenugreek (16) making up most of the rest.
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