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A 17-year-old female asked:

I am currently breastfeeding my 18 month old son, is it safe for me to take 5mg of melatonin at night?

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Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
Radiology 24 years experience
Ask your OB: I see you are taking thyroid medication and still breastfeeding. Although melatonin is generally considered safe, you want to minimize medications that can be passed to the baby from breast milk. I would call your OB's office and ask to speak to the nurse, who may then give you the doctor's recommendation, especially if you don't have time for an appointment.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Probably but...: There is no evidence taking melatonin is harmful when breastfeeding, but little evidence it's safe; research on this hasn't been done. But melatonin is a natural hormone that's very safe & normally secreted in breastmilk. Melatonin is likely to be as safe or safer than any other sleep aid you can take. Here's an interesting article speculating melatonin may help newborns:http://tinyurl.com/ndtt2ce
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