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A 26-year-old female asked:

Is melatonin (3mg) safe to take while breastfeeding my 7mth old? i have come down with insomnia, and want to know what is safe to aid sleep

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Try something else: The risk to junior would be limited to scrambling the developing sleep cycle. However, there's talk of melatonin suppressing prolactin production by the pitutiary gland which would interfere with lactation. There's little real science here. If poor sleep is interfering with your waking life, it's for you and your physician to weigh benefits and risks.
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 41 years experience
Uknown: Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation for exogenous melatonin is lacking. In children 6 months to 14 years of age with sleep disorders melatonin 2 to 5 mg has been used safely.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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