Is it Safe to Breastfeed and Take Herbs for Fertility?

Is it Safe to Breastfeed and Take Herbs for Fertility?

Breastfeeding and Fertility

Many women are still breastfeeding when they decide it’s time to have another baby. Many of these women choose to take fertility herbs while breastfeeding. But, the question is, how do you know which fertility herbs are safe to take while breastfeeding? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

You don’t want to improve your fertility while putting your baby’s health at risk, so what should you do? Read on for some info on how to know what is safe for breastfeeding moms and what isn’t.

Herbs Not Safe

It might make more sense for us to tell you first of all, the herbs that are not safe for breastfeeding women to take. Any herbs that might affect milk supply are, of course, off limits. There are several herbs that might affect milk supply and in turn, keep your baby from getting as much milk as it needs.

These herbs include lemon balm, peppermint, thyme, parsley, oregano, spearmint, black walnut, yarrow, periwinkle, sorrel and sage. Fenugreek is another herb that can actually increase your milk supply, but can cause allergies, namely dangerous peanut allergies.

There are also several different herbs that can harm your baby through your breast milk. This list is actually very long and includes many popular herbs for fertility, such as dong quai, kava kava, black cohosh, aloe vera, ginseng, Indian Snakeroot, anise, and more.

Safe

While there are a long list of herbs that are not safe for women who are breastfeeding, there are other herbs that are safe. Dandelion leaf is one that is safe to use during breastfeeding, when it is eaten or taken as an infusion.

It is actually helpful for babies, since they are usually born lacking Vitamin K, and dandelion leaf is high in Vitamin K. Evening Primrose Oil is also believed to be safe for breastfeeding moms. It is a great source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids, and aides in the production of healthy breast milk.

Milk Thistle is safe in most cases for use during pregnancy. It is usually used to increase milk supply and might even decrease the chance of postpartum depression. Vitex is also safe to use in breastfeeding, but it is kind of weird. It seems to help increase milk production in women who have young babies, and it seems to decrease milk production in women who have older babies.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that all breastfeeding moms should speak at length with their doctors to determine whether or not it is safe for them to take fertility herbs while breastfeeding. There are hundreds upon hundreds of herbal treatments out there and it can get very confusing to remember which ones are safe and which ones are not. In some cases, it might not be safe to take herbs at all, so don’t underestimate how important it is to talk with your doctor.

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Brittany Null
Brittany Null | ConceiveEasy
Brittany lives in Kansas City, where she and her husband Austin are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl. You can subscribe to their lively and entertaining YouTube Channel to follow along on their journey.