Jasmine use while Breastfeeding
Medically reviewed on April 11, 2017
Jasmine Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
Jasmine (Jasminum spp.) flowers contain a variety of chemicals, although none have been identified with specific pharmacologic activity. In India (ayurvedic medicine), jasmine has been used to suppress lactation, and one published study found that jasmine leaves applied to the breasts suppressed postpartum lactation as effectively as oral bromocriptine. However, the study was not of high quality. No data exist on the excretion of any components of jasmine into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of jasmine in nursing mothers or infants. Jasmine is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) as a food ingredient by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Occasional allergic reactions to jasmine have been reported. It is unlikely typical jasmine intake, such as drinking small amounts of jasmine tea, would be harmful during nursing.
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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 randomized, crossover trial compared a compounded hydro-alcoholic extract of jasmine flowers (Jasminum sambac) to placebo, both as nasal drops. Subjects were nonlactating women who had elevated serum prolactin values caused by antipsychotic drug therapy. The trial was designed as double-blind trial, but participants could smell the difference between placebo and active preparations. The mean reduction in serum prolactin at the end of intervention in the jasmine extract group was 10.5 mcg/L, which was not statistically significant. Overall, 10 of 35 women responded with a drop of 25 mcg/L or greater in serum prolactin; nonresponders tended to be on higher doses of antipsychotics or on olanzapine.
A nonrandomized, unblinded study compared the daily topical application of jasmine (Jasminum sambac) flowers to the breasts to oral bromocriptine 2.5 mg three times a day to suppress lactation in postpartum women in India. At the end of 72 hours, almost all women in both groups had their lactation suppressed, although the women in the bromocriptine group had lower serum prolactin levels than those in the jasmine group. Because of the lack of a placebo group, it is not possible to tell if the jasmine flowers had any effect beyond merely the lack of nipple stimulation.
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