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Although it is not known if curcumin supplements are safe while breastfeeding, curcumin that is consumed in normal amounts through dietary means is probably safe. However, just because curcumin is a "natural" product, it does not automatically mean that it is safe. Because no research has been done on curcumin and breastfeeding, it is unclear if curcumin passes through breast milk or if it would cause any problems.

Curcumin and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Curcumin is an herbal remedy that is used for a variety of different purposes. It is the main medicinal component of turmeric (a spice commonly used in Indian cooking). At this time, it is not known if it is safe for women who are breastfeeding to take curcumin.

Curcumin and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

There is no reason to believe that curcumin 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 curcumin pass through breast milk or if this would cause any problems in a nursing infant. It is assumed that consuming turmeric through dietary means is safe for breastfeeding women. However, it is not known if taking turmeric or curcumin medicinally is also safe.
It should be noted that just because curcumin is "natural," it does not automatically mean that it is safe. Many toxins and poisons are also natural.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Curcumin and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about curcumin 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 curcumin and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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