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Damiana and Breastfeeding

No studies have been conducted on damiana and breastfeeding, so it's not clear if the herbal supplement passes through breast milk or what effects it might have on a nursing infant. Just because damiana is a "natural" product, this does not mean it is automatically safe. If you are taking damiana and breastfeeding is something you are considering, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider.

Damiana and Breastfeeding: An Overview

It is not known if damiana is safe for use in breastfeeding women. Damiana is an herbal remedy that is used recreationally (to achieve a mild "high") or medicinally to treat a variety of different conditions. Although you may find that damiana is included on several lists of "safe" herbs for breastfeeding women, there is no reliable scientific evidence supporting such claims. Until more information is available, it's best to avoid damiana while breastfeeding.

Is Damiana Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is unknown if damiana passes through breast milk. 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 while breastfeeding for which there is no information available about its safety.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Damiana and Breastfeeding

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