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Cranberry use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Cranberry: Azo-Cranberry, Ellura, TheraCran HP, TheraCran, TheraCran HP for Kids

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 4, 2020.

Cranberry Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) fruit contains phenolics, flavonoids, anthocyanidins, and ellagitannins. Some products are standardized based on quinic acid and others are standardized based on phenolics. Cranberry is most often used for prevention of urinary tract infections. It has no specific lactation-related uses. No data exist on the excretion of any components of cranberry into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of cranberry in nursing mothers or infants.[1] Cranberry preparations are generally well tolerated as a food, although stomach discomfort and diarrhea can occur with large doses. Cranberry should be avoided in patients allergic to cranberries, blueberries and other Vaccinium species. Some cases of elevated INR have been reported in patients taking cranberry and warfarin. No recommendations can be made on the use of large quantities of cranberry products 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

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


Dugoua JJ, Seely D, Perri D et al. Safety and efficacy of cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) during pregnancy and lactation. Can J Clin Pharmacol. 2008;15:e80-6. [PubMed: 18204103]

Substance Identification

Substance Name


Scientific Name

Vaccinium macrocarpon

CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

  • Breast Feeding
  • Lactation
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Food
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants, Medicinal

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