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

Rosemary lactation summary

Rosemary usage has low risk in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Rosemary is 3 out of 8 which is considered Low Risk as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 3 indicates that usage of Rosemary may cause some minor side effects in breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research indicates that Rosemary may cause moderate to no side effects in lactating mother.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Rosemary low risk in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • While using Rosemary We suggest monitoring child for possible reactions. It is also important to understand that side effects vary largely based on age of breastfed child and time of medication in addition to 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 Rosemary usage in lactation

Leaves and floral summits of shrub are used. It contains essential oil (eucalyptol, camphor), flavonoids, terpene. Scientifically non-proven effects: digestive, carminative, cholagogue. Topically used as anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Herb that is widely used as a condiment for culinary purposes and also as infusion for medicinal purposes. In some cultures (Eastern Europe), it is often consumed in pregnancy without reported harm effects. At latest update, relevant published data on excretion into breast milk were not found. Occasional consumption of infusion would be compatible with breastfeeding. The essence of Rosemary or essential oil would better be avoided while breastfeeding because of the convulsant property of Camphor.

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