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Astragalus use while Breastfeeding

Astragalus Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) root contains numerous saponins and isoflavones. Astragalus is a purported galactogogue;[1] however, no scientifically valid clinical trials support this use. Galactogogues should never replace evaluation and counseling on modifiable factors that affect milk production.[2] No data exist on the excretion of any components of Astragalus into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of Astragalus in nursing mothers or infants. Astragalus is generally well tolerated, with mild gastrointestinal irritation and allergic reactions reported.

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Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

References

1. Scott CR, Jacobson H. A selection of international nutritional and herbal remedies for breastfeeding concerns. Midwifery Today Int Midwife. 2005;75:38-9. PMID: 16320878

2. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol Committee. ABM clinical protocol #9: use of galactogogues in initiating or augmenting the rate of maternal milk secretion (First revision January 2011). Breastfeed Med. 2011;6:41-9. PMID: 21332371

Astragalus Identification

Substance Name

Astragalus

Scientific Name

Astragalus membranaceus

Drug Class

Complementary Therapies

Galactogogues

Phytotherapy

Plants, Medicinal

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

971

Last Revision Date

20130907

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