Artichoke Leaf Extract and Breastfeeding

The risks of using artichoke leaf extract and breastfeeding at the same time are currently unknown. It is not clear if any of the active components in the supplement pass through breast milk or if they would cause any problems in a breastfed infant. Because of the potential problems that could occur, however, women who are breastfeeding should talk to their healthcare provider before using artichoke leaf extract.

Artichoke Leaf Extract and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Artichoke leaf extract is an herbal remedy used for treating a variety of health conditions. At this time, it is not known if it is safe for breastfeeding women to take artichoke leaf extract.
 

Artichoke Leaf Extract While Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

There is no reason to believe that artichoke leaf extract is either safe or unsafe for women who are breastfeeding. It has never been studied in breastfeeding women, and it is not known if the active components of artichoke leaf extract pass through breast milk or if this would cause any problems in a nursing infant.
 
Keep in mind that just because artichoke leaf extract is "natural," it does not automatically mean that it is safe. Many toxins and poisons, for example, are also natural products.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Artichoke Leaf Extract and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about artichoke leaf extract 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about artichoke leaf extract and breastfeeding that is right for you.
 
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