Herbs to Avoid While Breast Feeding
 
Common Name Botanical Name(s)
Aloe Aloe ferox, Aloe perryi, Aloe vera
Black snakeroot         Cimicifuga racemosa
Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus
Borage Borago officinalis
Buckthorn Rhamnus catharticus, Rhamnus frangula
Bugleweed Lycopus americanus, L. europaceus, L. virginicus
Cascara sagrada Rhamnus purshiana
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara
Comfrey Symphytum officinale
Elecampane Inula helenium
Ephedra Ephedra spp.
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum
Garlic (1) Allium sativum
Kava kava Piper methysticum
Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra, Glycyrrhiza uralensis
Male Fern Dryopteris filix-mas
Gravel root Eupatorium purpureum
Parsley (2) Pertoselinum crispum
Rauwolfia Rauwolfia serpentina
Rhubarb (root) Rheum officinale, R. palmatum, R. tanguticum
Sage (2) Salvia officinalis
Senna Senna alexandrina, Senna obtusifolia, Senna tora
Stillingia Stillingia sylvatica
Wormwood Artemisia absinthium

(1) flavors the milk
(2) may dry up the milk

From Dr. Subuti Dharmananda's excellent article,
ON TAKING HERBS WHILE BREASTFEEDING,
on the ITM website. To read that article click here.

 
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