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Betony use while Breastfeeding

Betony Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Betony (Stachys sp.) is the name given to a group of plants from the genus Stachys that contain tannins and flavonoid glycosides. It has been used as a nerve tonic to treat anxiety and headaches, an astringent to treat diarrhea, and as a gargle for mouth and throat irritations. Betony is a purported galactogogue; however, no scientifically valid clinical trials support this use. Galactogogues should never replace evaluation and counseling on modifiable factors that affect milk production.[1] No data exist on the excretion of any components of betony into breastmilk. Because of a general lack of safety data, betony should be avoided during breastfeeding.

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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

Older studies performed in Eastern Europe claim that betony extract can increase milk supply and the protein content of breastmilk.[2][3][4] No modern, well-controlled studies were found as of the revision date.

References

1. 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

2. Bakhalova NV, Kharmats DA. [Effect of the milk from mothers receiving methylergometrine and hedge nettle extract on the physical development of the newborn infant]. Zdravookhranenie Kirgizii. 1977;28-31.17972 PMID: 17972

3. Aronova BN, Stegailo EA. [Effect of an extract of Betonica officinalis on lactation]. Akush Ginekol (Sofia). 1977;68-9. PMID: 557295

4. Stegailo EA, Lebedeva IM, Aronova BN et al. [Treatment of hypogalactia with an extract of the betonical hedge nettle]. Akush Ginekol (Sofia). 1980;19-20. PMID: 7369474

Betony Identification

Substance Name

Betony

Scientific Name

Stachys sp.

Drug Class

Complementary Therapies

Phytotherapy

Plants, Medicinal

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

942

Last Revision Date

20130907

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