No studies have been conducted on the safety of yohimbe and breastfeeding. Because it is not known whether the supplement passes through breast milk (or whether it is safe in general), it is recommended that women avoid taking yohimbe while breastfeeding. Yohimbe is a natural product, but this does not automatically mean that it is safe.
An Overview of Yohimbe and Breastfeeding
Yohimbe is not considered to be safe for use in breastfeeding women. Yohimbe is an herbal remedy that is most often used for sexual enhancement. Do not take yohimbe if you are breastfeeding a child.
Is Yohimbe Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
It is not known if yohimbe passes through breast milk. Children seem to be very sensitive to the toxic effects of yohimbe, and it is possible that serious effects could occur if yohimbe passes through breast milk.
Although yohimbe is a "natural" product, it does not automatically mean that it is safe for use while 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. Based on what little information is currently available about using yohimbe while breastfeeding, most healthcare providers advise women to avoid the supplement while breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Yohimbe and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about yohimbe 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 yohimbe and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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