After fenugreek, blessed thistle is my next favorite herbal supplement to take in order to boost milk supply. I once bought a bottle of blessed thistle in an online order of fenugreek, so my shopping cart had enough to qualify for free shipping. One day I decided, “What the heck?” and decided to start using up the bottle to make space in my cabinets. Soon after, I realized I may have to order some more!
What Is blessed thistle?
Blessed thistle, or cnicus, is a plant grown for its medicinal purposes and is in high demand among breastfeeding mothers. Some believe it helps with loss of appetite (is that why I’m always hungry?), and others say it wards of colds, bacteria, indigestion, and even diarrhea. The reason I purchased blessed thistle was it is said to boost a mother’s milk supply, especially when paired with the herbal supplement fenugreek. Wow, talk about an all-inclusive medicine!
How much should I take if I want to increase my milk supply?
I took the amount that was directed on the package, or two 340 milligrams capsules 3 times daily with or without meals.
What brand should I get?
I’ve purchased Nature’s Way brand from Vitacost.com, but I would be completely open to buying other brands as well so as long as each capsule contained 340 milligrams.
Are there any precautions I should take?
This medicine isn’t recommended for pregnant women. First of all, there have been no controlled studies by the Food and Drug Administration that determine whether or not blessed thistle harms a developing fetus or not – in fact, no herbal supplement is regulated by the FDA. Second, it apparently can increase your stomach’s acid level which is never a good thing in pregnancy, especially when women are so susceptible to acid reflux in the first place.
How much will my supply increase?
This is completely dependent on the individual. I noticed about a 10 percent to 15 percent increase in my overall milk production when taking blessed thistle alongside fenugreek. I am an exclusive pumper and pump eight times a day. With fenugreek alone, I can pump about 6 to 6.5 ounces every 3 hours. With blessed thistle and fenugreek (three capsules of fenugreek three times daily), I can produce about 7 ounces every 3 hours. Add that up at the end of the day and that’s an extra 4 to 8 ounces. Some people notice no change at all, and for some it can really make it or break it as far as sustaining an adequate supply to feed their little one. It’s worth a try.
When will I see results?
I usually notice results within 4 to 7 days of begin a new milk boosting herbal supplement. Based on those other moms I’ve talked to, that seems to be about average.
I highly recommend taking blessed thistle to boost your milk supply. For less than $5 for a month’s supply, why not try it out?