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L-Arginine and Breastfeeding

Before taking L-arginine, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare provider about the benefits and possible risks. Currently, it is not known whether L-arginine passes through breast milk or if it would cause any problems in a breastfed infant. Due to the potential risks, it is probably a good idea for women to avoid L-arginine supplements while breastfeeding (unless their healthcare provider specifically recommends them for a medical reason).

An Overview of L-Arginine and Breastfeeding

L-arginine is a dietary supplement that is used for treating a variety of medical conditions. At this time, it is not known if it is safe for women to take L-arginine while breastfeeding.

L-Arginine While Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

There is no reason to believe that L-arginine is safe (or unsafe) for women who are breastfeeding. It has never been studied in breastfeeding women, and it is not known if L-arginine could cause any problems in a breastfed infant. L-arginine is sometimes added to infant feedings for premature babies in order to treat specific problems, but this does not mean that it is beneficial (or safe) for a breastfeeding mother to use this supplement.
As an amino-acid that is naturally produced by the human body (and found in many foods), a reasonable intake of L-arginine is expected to be quite safe. However, because supplements have the potential to contain contaminants (or provide much more L-arginine than is necessary), it is probably best to avoid L-arginine supplements while breastfeeding, unless your healthcare provider specifically suggests that you do so for a specific medical reason.

Final Thoughts on L-Arginine and Breastfeeding

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