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Stevia use while Breastfeeding

Stevia Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) leaves contain rebaudiosides and steviosides. The stevia leaf has been studied for treating diabetes and hypertension, although results are equivocal. Stevia has no specific lactation-related uses. No data exist on the excretion of any components of stevia into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of stevia in nursing mothers or infants. Rebaudioside A is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) as a sweetening agent for foods by the US Food and Drug Administration. Although risk to the breastfed infant appears to be low, an alternate artificial sweetener with more data available may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

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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.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose

References

Stevia Identification

Substance Name

Stevia

Scientific Name

Stevia rebaudiana

CAS Registry Number

91722-21-3

Drug Class

Plants, Medicinal

Sweetening Agents

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

932

Last Revision Date

20130907

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