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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 10:20 AM   1
westbrja
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How Much Blessed Thistle?


First, the Fenugreek I have from DS is expired. Should I discard of it or is it safe to use? Would it be as effective? Second, I've never really noticed Fenugreek alone works for me. I was thinking of combining it with Blessed Thistle but I don't know how much or how often. Anyone know?



 
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 17:39 PM   2
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No idea. I take mine in a tea (1 spoon 3x day) mixed with other things. I also find fennel works for me where fenugreek may or may not.



 
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 21:15 PM   3
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try oatmeal, I swear by it!!!
Also, how much fenugreek did you take?
I wouldn't take the expired fenugreek. There is a reason they set expiration dates. :/
I hope you find a way to up your supply.



 
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 21:46 PM   4
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I did some research:
Fenugreek: You can take up to 12 capsules a day 610/mg capsules.
Blessed Thistle: You can take up to 12 capsules a day 360/mg capsules.
And you can even add Alfalfa (another lactation herb) Up to 12 capsules a day, 405 mg/ capsules.

And add oatmeal. I know this is way too many pills to take at once but you could use any of these in combination.



 
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 21:55 PM   5
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Bky - I tried taking Fenugreek alone with DD and I don't think it worked so I was going to try adding the blessed thistle to see if that helped. Would I find fennel at the health food store too? How much do you take?
Zen - I was taking 4 capsules 3x's a day, but I will be honest I kept forgetting and missing doses so that probably made a difference. How much oatmeal do you eat? Does instant count (like apple cinn)? I'm not a huge regular oatmeal fan. I pitched the expired Fenugreek too



 
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 23:42 PM   6
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My MW suggested fenugreek and blessed thistle for me in combination to get my supply up at the start of my breastfeeding. I've since weaned off but I was taking 3 capsules, 3x a day of both.



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2010, 02:22 AM   7
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Bky - I tried taking Fenugreek alone with DD and I don't think it worked so I was going to try adding the blessed thistle to see if that helped. Would I find fennel at the health food store too? How much do you take?
Zen - I was taking 4 capsules 3x's a day, but I will be honest I kept forgetting and missing doses so that probably made a difference. How much oatmeal do you eat? Does instant count (like apple cinn)? I'm not a huge regular oatmeal fan. I pitched the expired Fenugreek too
I eat two packets of regular instant oatmeal a day. I add a couple of teaspoons of sugar and its soo good. PLus that alone made a difference.
I think appe cinn. would be fine. Let me know what you decide and how it works, I am having trouble with low supply too.



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2010, 13:44 PM   8
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My fennel is in a tea but I know you can get capsules of it as well. You can buy it just as a spice (little oblong seeds) to make tea with if you have a tea strainer which might be cheaper too.
I do whole rolled oats myself, but can't say how much they help. I find drinking a lot of water/fluids (I drink close to a gallon/day) also helps some



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2010, 19:53 PM   9
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I went to the health food store today and bought some Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle. I'm started taking 3 caps of each 3x's daily. We'll see if that helps. I've also been eating more oatmeal. Honestly I'm not a huge drinker though. I'm rarely thirsty or want anything to drink. I've been like that my whole life. Then when I do drink its usually tea or pop
Do you think that's making a difference?



 
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I think you def. should start drinking more water. I drink only about 20-40 oz of water a day so I think I may need to up water intake too.



 
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