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Thread: Milk thistle??

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Default Milk thistle??

    HI -

    Is milk thistle and blessed thistle the same thing?
    If so, what's the recommended dose??


    We've made it 1 YEAR

    A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three. ~Grantly Dick-Read


    Married to DH since 2001
    Mommy to Mikki 2006
    Mommy to Xander 2008

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Default Re: Milk thistle??

    not the same thing although some people do use milk thistle. the blessed thistle works well with fenugreek. general dosage is 3 pill 3 times a day but some take less and others more
    First time mom to Kalyna born December 14th 2008

    Born: 7lbs 7oz
    Month 1: 8lbs
    Week 5: 8lbs 6oz
    Week 7: 9lbs 5oz
    Week 9: 10lbs 2.6oz
    Week 17: 14lbs 7oz

    Nursing a 3.5 year old!
    Love , and

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Default Re: Milk thistle??

    Hi, there!

    I betcha if we move this to the "Increasing Your Milk" forum, you'll get some more responses and ideas.

    Also, Hale mentions "Milk Thistle" as an L3 (Moderately Safe) & he says "While it has been advocated for the stimulation of milk synthesis, little evidence of efficacy exists. No data are available concerning Silymarin (another trade name) transfer to human milk but some probably transfers. However, it is rather devoid of reported toxicity with only brief GI intolerance and mild allergic reactions."


  4. #4

    Default Re: Milk thistle??

    Hi! As others have said, they are different herbs. I was on Fenugreek and tried using Milk Thistle instead of Blessed Thistle but didn't see the same effect. In my experience Blessed Thistle worked much better.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Default Re: Milk thistle??

    I just asked my pharmacist about this and she looked up the ingredients for me - they were different. I had a lot of success when I took Blessed Thistle capsules with fenugreek capsules 3 each 3x a day. Someone else on the forums suggested iherbs.com as a good place to get blessed thistle for cheap. I'm awaiting my shipment!

    I'm Erica

    Mommy to "C" - currently 3 and half years old
    - nursed for one year

    and mommy to "M" - currently 2 years old
    - nursed for 23 months

    Wife to my handsome DH for 5 and a half years!

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