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DHEA and Breastfeeding

At this time, it is not known whether it is safe to breastfeed while taking DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). Breastfeeding problems could occur, as the supplement may decrease breast milk production. DHEA can also disrupt the balance of hormones, which could cause problems. Before using DHEA, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about any potential risks.

An Overview of DHEA and Breastfeeding

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a dietary supplement used for a variety of different purposes. It is a hormone that the body can use to make other hormones (such as estrogen and testosterone). At this time, it is not clear if DHEA is safe for breastfeeding women. Therefore, do not take DHEA while breastfeeding without the approval and supervision of your healthcare provider.

Can I Take DHEA While Breastfeeding?

There is very little real evidence to suggest that DHEA is safe (or unsafe) for use while breastfeeding. Theoretically, DHEA might decrease breast milk production, but one study suggests that this effect is probably temporary.
Because DHEA can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones, it is probably not a good idea for anyone to take DHEA without the supervision of a healthcare provider; it is certainly not a good idea for a breastfeeding woman. The possible effects on the breastfed infant are unknown at this time.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about DHEA 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 DHEA and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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