Are Herbs Safe to Take While Breastfeeding?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: January 2, 2000

Are these herbs safe to take if you are breast feeding? Hydrangea root, uva ursi, dog grass, corn silk, potassium gluconate, pantothenic acid, kelp, chromium picolinate, bridal berry, white willow bark, ginger, ginseng, bee pollen.

There is not much research on the effect of herbs in breastfeeding. You generally have to assume that the chemicals in the herbs will reach the baby through the milk. If you are taking herbs and supplements for specific health problems, consultation with a holistic health care specialist is advised.

Because the effects are unknown, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Ginseng and dog grass (Agropyrum repens) are not advised. Corn silk should not be taken in large amounts. Up to half a cup of ginger tea per day is safe. White willow bark has caused rashes in babies.

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