Currently, it is not known whether feverfew and breastfeeding are compatible. Although feverfew is a "natural" product, it does not automatically mean that it is safe for everyone. Until more information is available on the safety of using feverfew while breastfeeding, women who are nursing should avoid the herbal supplement.
Feverfew and Breastfeeding: Is It Safe?
It is not known if feverfew is safe for use in breastfeeding women. Until more information is available, it is a good idea to avoid the herbal supplement if you are breastfeeding a child.
Feverfew is a plant that is found in various parts of the world, including North America. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries and is currently popular as a supplement to help prevent migraines. Although it is a "natural" product, this does not necessarily mean that it is safe for use during breastfeeding (many poisons and toxins are natural). Almost no information is available concerning the safety of using feverfew while breastfeeding. Most references warn against using it during this time. Until more information is available, you should avoid this particular herbal product if you are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Feverfew and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about feverfew 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about feverfew and breastfeeding that is right for you. Your healthcare provider and your child's pediatrician can also be a great resource for information about dealing with migraines while breastfeeding.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. National Institutes of Health. Herbs at a glance: Feverfew (December 2006). NCCAM Web site. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/feverfew/. Accessed January 2, 2008.
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