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Can I drink herbal teas while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Drinking herbal teas is ok for a breastfeeding mom .
. . But mom should be safe by drinking the types of teas that have been drunk for many generations, by buying from a reputable manufacturer, and by drinking a variety of teas (so not to get too much of one herb's chemicals). Remember that herbs are not strictly regulated, so there may be a little or a lot of herb in teabags of different brands.

In brief: Yes

Drinking herbal teas is ok for a breastfeeding mom .
. . But mom should be safe by drinking the types of teas that have been drunk for many generations, by buying from a reputable manufacturer, and by drinking a variety of teas (so not to get too much of one herb's chemicals). Remember that herbs are not strictly regulated, so there may be a little or a lot of herb in teabags of different brands.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

As long as the teas aren't cannibis, opium or coca you are okay, certain teas like licorice root, fennel and fenugreek actually enhance breast milk supplies.

In brief: Yes

As long as the teas aren't cannibis, opium or coca you are okay, certain teas like licorice root, fennel and fenugreek actually enhance breast milk supplies.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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In brief: Yes

Chamomile, dill, fennel, lemon, orange and other common ingredients are quite safe.
Most other herbs have not been studied. Ephedra (ma huang), in particular, would be a bad idea.

In brief: Yes

Chamomile, dill, fennel, lemon, orange and other common ingredients are quite safe.
Most other herbs have not been studied. Ephedra (ma huang), in particular, would be a bad idea.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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