I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use Chicory? Is Chicory safe for nursing mother and child? Does Chicory extracts into breast milk? Does Chicory has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can Chicory influence milk supply or can Chicory decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?

Chicory lactation summary

Chicory is safe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Chicory is 1 out of 8 which is considered Safe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 1 indicates that usage of Chicory is mostly safe during lactation for breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research also indicates that Chicory does not cause any serious side effects in breastfeeding mothers.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Chicory safe in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • Score calculated using the DrLact safety Version 1.2 model, this score ranges from 0 to 8 and measures overall safety of drug in lactation. Scores are primarily calculated using publicly available case studies, research papers, other scientific journals and publically available data.

Answer by Dr. Ru: About Chicory usage in lactation

Herbaceous plant widely used since ancient times in the cuisine of many societies as salad and more recently as a substitute or adulterant of coffee.In traditional medicine the root is used. It contains inulin (fructose polymer) and lactones.Unproven properties: laxative, aperitif, digestive and choleretic. Indications by Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: anorexia, dyspepsia. At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk was found. Given its lack of toxicity, moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding.Extracts that contain Inulin are added to artificial infant formulas (beginning-type) to fight constipation.

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