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Hollyhock use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 9, 2024.

Hollyhock Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

The constituents of hollyhock (Alcea rosea, Althaea rosea) leaf have not been well described, but it is believed to contain flavonoids, phenolic acids, and tannins. Few studies on hollyhock related to breastfeeding exist, but one moderately well done study found that a compress of hollyhock leaf sped resolution of engorgement 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

A nonblinded, randomized trial of hollyhock leaf compresses in addition to warm compresses followed by cold compresses was compared to the warm and cold compresses alone in the treatment of breast engorgement. Nursing mothers completed the procedures on their own and rated their own levels of engorgement based on a standard checklist. Twenty women in each group completed the study. Although both groups had a lessening of their engorgement scores over the 6-day study period, the mothers who used the hollyhock compresses had a more rapid decrease in engorgement.[1]


Khosravan S, Mohammadzadeh-Moghadam H, Mohammadzadeh F, et al. The effect of hollyhock (Althaea officinalis L) leaf compresses combined with warm and cold compress on breast engorgement in lactating women: A randomized clinical trial. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017;22:25–30. [PMC free article: PMC5871197] [PubMed: 26603219]

Substance Identification

Substance Name


Scientific Name

Alcea rosea Althaea rosea Althaea ficifolia

CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Complementary Therapies


Plants, Medicinal

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