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Fenugreek or Trigonella foenum-graecum L. is widely used as a galactagogue (milk producing agent) by lactating mothers to increase inadequate breast milk supply. Studies have proven that fenugreek is a potent stimulator of breast milk production. Claimed to increase breast milk production of as much as 900%, the boost can be observed as early as within 24 to 72 hours after consumption, but some only notice after two weeks.
At dried food aisle at Tesco/Tesco Extra
Offered in various formulations, there are options of capsule, tea bag, powder, seed, and tincture. The mothers in Malaysia however do not have the luxurious of choice. Better known as 'Halba' in the national lingo, fenugreek seed or 'Biji Halba'  is more common in the country since it is used in cooking  especially in Indian/Punjabi/Pakistani cuisine.

One of best places to source is of course the Little India! The sundry shops usually do carry fenugreek seeds. For convenience sake, another good option is sourcing from Tesco/Tesco Extra. To my surprise I found a packet of fenugreek seeds while I was doing my groceries there. Pre-packed and hang in the dried condiments' aisle, a bag of 300 g fenugreek seeds cost RM2.50. Sounds like a good deal!

Despite I am a lactating momma, I have never tried this herb myself. But in case, you wonder how the dosage is going to be like, I did a bit of googling, studied all the references below and here is the summary of the pointers. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to 240 mL (8oz @ 1cup) freshly boiled water. Allow it to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. You may consume everything in the cup. Or, strain the seeds and drink the liquid. Recommended for three times a day.
Millions of Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek is generally safe when it is taken in moderation. Yet, like any other traditional herbs, always exercise caution before consumption. If one has the history of allergy to chickpea/peanut, diabetes/hypoglycemia and asthma, it is best to avoid fenugreek. I strongly suggest you to read their possible side effects and drug-to-drug interaction too here.

References:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4667316_use-fenugreek-breast-milk-supply.html
http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/fenugreek.html
http://www.blessedmums.com/new/asklc.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenugreek


 

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0 #4 Carmen 2013-05-10 11:14
Actually, fenugreek has been scientifically proven to help with diabetes. For more info on this, read here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2194788

So the idea of avoiding fenugreek if you have diabetes is not true. I also know of older friends who take fenugreek water daily and it does wonders for reducing glucose levels as well as helps to control cholesterol as well.
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+1 #3 Mom to Austin 2013-01-16 11:41
Hi Patricia, As much as I would like to help, I have to information. Are you looking for fresh or dried leaves? Perhaps you can try the wet market at Little India.
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+1 #2 Patricia Tan 2013-01-13 22:42
Where can I buy the herb fenugreek
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0 #1 Tee 2011-10-20 22:35
thks a lot for sharing
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