Lavender and Breastfeeding

No clinical studies have been performed on lavender and breastfeeding, so it is not known whether lavender products are safe or unsafe for breastfeeding women and their infants. Some lavender products (such as oral herbal remedies) may carry more risks than others (such as lavender-scented lotions). Before using lavender, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about any potential risks.

An Overview of Lavender and Breastfeeding

It is not known whether lavender is safe for use in breastfeeding women. Although lavender is most often used as a scent (such as for various skin products), it is also used medicinally as an herbal remedy for a wide variety of conditions. As with most herbal remedies, it is not known whether lavender is safe for use while breastfeeding. If you are currently breastfeeding, it is a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before using essential oils (such as lavender).
 

Is Lavender Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known whether lavender is safe for use while breastfeeding. There are no reliable studies that show that lavender is safe (or unsafe) for breastfeeding women and their infants.
 
Of course, some lavender products probably carry more risks than others. For instance, using a lightly lavender-scented body lotion is probably less risky than taking lavender by mouth.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Lavender and Breastfeeding

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