Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum)

Fenugreek is a herbal galactagogue or preparation that causes milk secretion.

It's leaves are used as a herb and its yellow rhombus shaped seeds are a spice, frequently used in the preparation of pickles.

Mothers have experienced success in boosting their milk supply within 24-72 hours when taking 3 capsules of Fenugreek along with 3 capsules of Blessed Thistle per day.

Usage of this herb is safe when used in normal doses of no more than 6 grams per day. It is listed in the US as a Generally Recognized As Safe or (GRAS) herbal.

Mothers usually notice an increase in milk production 24-72 hours after starting to take the herb, but it can take two weeks for others to see a change.

The most common side effects reported by mothers who use the herb is it causes their urine and sweat to smell like maple syrup - extracts of the seed are actually used as artificial flavoring for maple syrup!

Some mothers experience increased sweating and diarrhea when taking this herb.

In studies done on animals, it has been shown to possibly have a hypoglycemic effect and is therefore not recommended for diabetic mothers.

As with the use of any medicinal herb, it is recommended to consult a physician who is knowledgeable about herbs before using them.


(580-610 mg)

    2-4 capsules, 3 times per day 6-12 capsules (total) per day ~1200-2400 mg, 3 times per day (3.5-7.3 grams/day)

(500 mg)
    7-14 capsules (total) per day
powder or seeds
    1/2 - 1 teaspoon, 3 times per day 1 capsule = 1/4 teaspoon can be mixed with a little water or juice
    1-2 mL, 3 times per day (or see package directions)
    one cup of tea, 2-3 times per day

Other Herbal Galactogogues

Blessed Thistle

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)