I emphatically ran down the stairs today and proclaimed to my husband that I hit my first goal when it came to nursing our second son – three months!

It has been a challenging quarter of a year, and has brought me to tears on multiple occasions. I have suffered from mastitis twice, complained of being the sole middle of the night feeder, and also feared a lack of breast milk for my hungry little man.

My midwife offered me two different prescriptions to help up my supply, but after doing research I decided that I was not a fan of the side effects associated with Reglan, and I did not want to spend the hundreds of dollars a month to buy Domperidone so I decided to devote myself to finding a natural cure.

Enter Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle. Taken as a four times a day routine, my supply has significantly increased! The only drawbacks are the strong smell of maple syrup (thank you, Fenugreek for making me smell like a Denny’s), and the pain of engorgement.

I saw the best results with the following routine:

Breakfast:
3 capsules of Fenugreek
1 capsule of Blessed Thistle

Lunch:
2 capsules of Fenugreek
1 capsule of Blessed Thistle

Dinner:
3 capsules of Fenugreek
1 capsule of Blessed Thistle

The best deals I found are through Amazon- check out the links below if you are interested in trying these out:

Nature’s Way Fenugreek Seed, 610 mg  
Nature’s Way Blessed Thistle Herb

These are the two main herbs in some of the all-in-one lactation supplements that you can buy, but by taking them a’la carte, you save a lot of money! I did the math based on what I take and the supplements I use run me around $12-14 a month.

If you are looking for a more ‘simplified’ routine and don’t mind spending the extra cash, I recommend Nursing Blend Breastfeeding Supplement. This is around $20 for a one-month supply.

I also created a wonderful lactation cookie recipe that helps by providing the body with nutrients associated with increasing or enhancing your breast milk supply. You can access the recipe by clicking on the hyperlink.

So, tell me… what have you done to effectively increase your breast milk supply while nursing?