Alfalfa is more than just a character on the Little Rascals. It can be taken in supplement form to boost your milk supply if you feel like what you are producing isn’t good enough or perhaps you want to start building an emergency freezer stash for your little one before you go back to work. Here is some helpful information to help you get started on alfalfa.
What is alfalfa?
Alfalfa looks like a pretty purple flower on the outside, but has some pretty powerful medicinal purposes on the inside. People believe its leaves, sprouts, and seeds can treat kidney problems, arthritis, high cholesterol, diabetes, and upset stomach just to name a few. Not only that, but the plant has vitamins A, C, E and K, and it is also full of minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorous and iron. Best of all, lactating mothers report having an increase in milk output after adding some to their daily diet.
How much should I take if I want to increase my supply?
I would recommend buying alfalfa in a capsule form. It’s affordable and doesn’t leave a funny after-taste like other herbal supplements I’ve taken for milk supply. However, be aware that in order to taking the proper dosage, you’re going to need to swallow a lot of pills! Depending on which brand you buy, you’ll need to take 5 to 9 capsules daily in order to see results. Most brands that I’ve seen usually have between 400 to 600 milligrams per capsule. It does come in tea form, but you need to drink 6 cups of it per day using two teaspoons of freshly ground seeds in order to see effects! If you’re a big tea drinker, this may not be an issue for you.
What brand should I get?
Go for the Bernard Jensen’s brand of capsules. You can probably find it at a GNC store near you, or you can buy it online on Amazon.com or Vitacost.com. The reason I suggest this brand is because if you’re serious about taking them, you’re going to need a pretty big bottle since you go through so many capsules a day. Unlike many other brands that sell 100-count bottles, Bernard Jensen’s sells them in quantities of 500 to 1,000 capsules, all for around $14 to $17!
Are there any precautions I should take?
Alfalfa, like any other herb, should be taken in moderation. Overdosing can lead to negative auto-immune reactions, lower blood sugar beyond a desired level, and make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight. Never take alfalfa while pregnant as the Food and Drug Administration has not studied the effects of most herbal supplements on a developing baby.
How much will my supply increase?
I can’t tell you because everyone reacts to herbal supplements differently. You may find that fenugreek, the most popular milk boosting supplement, may not be working like it should. However, alfalfa could easily be “the one” that could increase milk output by 30 to 50 percent! A good friend of mine took alfalfa in combination with fenugreek and had spectacular results and was able to produce an extra 8 to 10 ounces per day than what her baby was feeding.
When will I see results?
Don’t expect results immediately, but expect them around a week or a little less after taking your first dose.
When taken in moderation, alfalfa is an excellent galactagogue for increasing milk supply. Experiment with combining this herbal supplement with others such as fenugreek, blessed thistle, and fennel to see what works best for your body.