Skullcap and Breastfeeding

Since little information is available concerning the safety of skullcap, breastfeeding women may want to avoid using the dietary supplement. It is not known whether the herb passes through breast milk or whether problems are likely to occur in a nursing infant. Everyone's situation is different, however, so ask your healthcare provider about skullcap and breastfeeding in your particular situation to discuss the potential risks.

An Overview of Skullcap and Breastfeeding

It is not known whether skullcap herbal supplements are safe for use in breastfeeding women. Skullcap is an herbal remedy that is sometimes used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and several other conditions. Until more information is available, it is probably a good idea to avoid skullcap while breastfeeding.
 

Is Skullcap Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known whether skullcap passes through breast milk, and it is not known whether it is safe for breastfeeding women. Although it is a "natural" product, this does not necessarily mean that it is safe for use during breastfeeding. Many women try to avoid medications while breastfeeding and turn to herbal remedies as an alternative, assuming that "natural" automatically means "safe." However, natural products can be quite toxic. For instance, many poisons and toxins are natural products. It just does not make sense to use an herbal supplement for which there is no information available about safety during breastfeeding.
 
Skullcap is sometimes listed among "safe" herbs to take while breastfeeding. There is no scientific evidence to support such claims, and it cannot be assumed that skullcap is safe for breastfeeding women.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Skullcap and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about skullcap and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about skullcap and breastfeeding that is right for you.
 
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