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Does anybody take alfalfa for low supply? If so, what form did you find to be most effective? Tea, tincture, pills?

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I haven't tried alfalfa pills before. I drink Breastea to increase my low milk supply that contains alfalfa in it. Personally, I prefer to drink the tea because I am bad about remembering to drink enough fluids :-) I've heard you get a greater concentration by taking pills though.
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I take the pills and I think it helps some. More by maintaining supply than increasing supply.
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I made tea from the leaves and such and it worked amazingly well!! Alfalfa rocks!!!
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Does anybody take alfalfa for low supply? If so, what form did you find to be most effective? Tea, tincture, pills?

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khanni,
I took Alfalfa briefly but not long enough to tell if it really helped or not. I discontinued it when I read that it is contraindicated for Lupus.

I don't have Lupus myself but it runs on my husband's side of the family. I was worried about it getting in my milk and affecting DC.

Alfalfa is an immune booster and since Lupus is an autoimmune disease supposedly it can somehow aggravate Lupus (and I would think possibly other autoimmune diseases).

So if you have an autoimmune disease, especially Lupus, or if it runs in your family, you may want to think twice before taking it. In which case there are plenty of other options such as Fenugreek.

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other herbs that could help are vitex and stinging nettle.
eating oatmeal could help.
making a barley tea to sip on througout the day might help. you use the actal grain not a leaf or anything.
i'm trying to boost supply, too! i'm pumping for my cleft-affected baby.
good luck!

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other herbs that could help are vitex and stinging nettle.
eating oatmeal could help.
making a barley tea to sip on througout the day might help. you use the actal grain not a leaf or anything.
i'm trying to boost supply, too! i'm pumping for my cleft-affected baby.
good luck!
Ooh do you have a recipe for barley tea?

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