Breastfeeding And Herbal Safety: Everything Yo Need To Know

Be ware herbal substances can cause side effects to breastfeeding moms

Hello to all new Mamas out there. Congratulations on your new arrival and decision to breastfeed! This post is a safety precaution for you to be aware of side effects that could happen to you and your baby while you may be breastfeeding. Did you that because a substance is labeled “herbal” it does not meant you will not get an allergy. Yes Mamas, I want you to know that it is important for you to know that you can actually have side effects from natural herbs or any medication. You still need to be aware because there is not been any in depth study as it relates to breastfeeding’s.

Reminders for breastfeeding moms

Know your side effects

  1. The nursing mother should know the use and side effects for all constituents of a formulation before using it. You should be aware of potential side effects and she should be able not only to monitor herself for side effects, but also to monitor the nursling for these side effects or unusual changes in behavior.
  2. The nursing mother should take the lowest dose possible. She should always avoid extra-strength or long-acting formulations. Combination products present a special hazard.
  3. The nursing mother should take oral medications immediately following nursing, or right before the infant’s longest sleep to avoid nursling exposure to a drug at its peak plasma level.
  4. Avoid the pharmacologically active herbal teas. Drink any herbal teas only in moderation.
  5. Limit intake of any herbal preparation that combines several active ingredients.
  6. Always check the label. Even vitamins and simple echinacea may contain herbs that should not be used by breastfeeding mothers.
  7. Use only reliable brands that have ingredients and concentrations clearly marked on the label, as well as the expiration date and the name of the manufacturer and distributor.
  8. Be sure to check with your physician before taking any natural remedy, since it could interact with other medications you take or need.
  9. Avoid the pharmacologically active herbal teas. Drink any herbal teas only in moderation.
  10. Limit intake of any herbal preparation that combines several active ingredients.
  11. Always check the label. Even vitamins and simple echinacea may contain herbs that should not be used by breastfeeding mothers.
  12. Use only reliable brands that have ingredients and concentrations clearly marked on the label, as well as the expiration date and the name of the manufacturer and distributor.
  13. Be sure to check with your physician before taking any natural remedy, since it could interact with other medications you take or need.

Side effects of natural herbs

The side effects of herbal medicine depend upon the herbal remedy, the dosage, and any pharmaceutical medications taken by the patient. Many alternate health treatments, such as adjusting the diet or taking homeopathic remedies, are quite safe. Yet some herbs are tricky and must be taken in the proper amounts for optimal health and wellbeing. Herbs, like any substance ingested in the body, are not without side effects.

As with all medical information, please speak with your physician or healthcare provider to discuss any specific concerns or questions regarding drug interactions.

Photosensitivity

Individuals taking St. John’s wort to treat depression or anxiety may find their skin becoming more sensitive to the sun. They may burn more easily. Typically, fair-haired and light-skinned Caucasians have the highest incidence of photosensitivity, but this herbal side effect is thankfully rare. Typical cases of photosensitivity occur when people take very high doses of St. John’s wort, or take it over a long period of time. If taking St. John’s wort, avoid too much sun exposure.

Skin Irritation

Topical herbal antifungal and antibacterial agents such as tea tree oil and lavender may cause rashes or skin irritation, especially if used at full strength. Before using any topical herbal product, try a skin patch test. Place a small amount of the product on the inside of the elbow on one arm only. Wait a few days. If the area remains clear, proceed with using the herbal product.

Sleepiness

Everyone’s body is different, and some people are more sensitive to herbs than other people. Herbs used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia may cause excessive daytime sleepiness in certain individuals. These herbs include chamomile, valerian and kava kava, with valerian and kava being the most likely culprits. Avoid driving or using machinery until you’re sure of the effects of the herb.

Here’s your guide to popular herbs and their side effects

Here is a great article by FRANK NICE, DPA, CPHP
Assistant Director, Clinical Neural Sciences Program , National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
RAYMOND J. COGHLAN, PHARM.D. CoMed- He talks about which herbals are safe to take while breastfeeding. Here’s a guide to popular herbs and their potential risk to nurslings here


Bottom line

Breastfeeding and herbs can be a great combination, providing there are no side effects. Knowing the side effects and learning about them can can help you to when it is or is not working. Learn the tips to help you succeed while taking herbs. and remember to consult your doctor regarding your intake of herbs. As always God is with you. I wish you every success in your breastfeeding journey. Thanks for stopping by and do come again. Please like, share and sign up. I would love to hear from you.

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