I've taken fenugreek a couple times now for dwindling pumping supply (I used to have a good stash in the freezer, not anymore). Before when I quit taking it, I was good for a while and now had to start taking it again recently about 3-4 weeks ago. I stopped taking it this weekend to see what happened and I noticed right away today I did not get as much out. I pump 45 min. a day at work.
1. Does the body get "used" to fenugreek, in other words, do you need to keep increasing dosage? Before I took 3 pills 3 times a day for total of 9 but had to up it to 4 pills this last time (620mg each).
2. Should I be able to quit taking it after a certain period of time or am I going to have to take it every day for as long as I'm pumping? That stuff is not cheap.
Please don't tell me to eat oatmeal, it makes me gag.
Ideally, we would take the fenugreek until out supply was up, and than stop and it would stay up. This is what is supposed to happen, but it has not been my experience. I take 15 per day (!) It helps, and I see a decrease in supply when I don't take them. Also, water consumption is not "supposed" to make a difference, but it does for me. I make sure I drink my 8 glasses.
Oatmeal makes me gag too, but not in cookies, or granola bars, and those COUNT OP, so don't condemn yourself to regular oatmeal. Ugh. I have made no bake oatmeal cookies and various granola bars and it does seem to make a difference.
I don't know about the body getting used to fenugreek, but you can also get it in tincture form which IMO is easier to take than the pills.