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

Psyllium lactation summary

Psyllium is safe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Psyllium is 1 out of 8 which is considered Safe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 1 indicates that usage of Psyllium is mostly safe during lactation for breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research also indicates that Psyllium does not cause any serious side effects in breastfeeding mothers.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Psyllium 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 Psyllium usage in lactation

The seeds are used. It contains polysaccharides such as cellulose and mucilage.Mild laxative effect on mechanical absorption of fluids into the bowel. Substance with hypocholestereming and hypoglycemic effect. Widely used plant even during pregnancy.Given its absent intestinal absorption, it does not pass into plasma and therefore fails to appear in the breast milk.Infants of mothers who took psyllium have showed no problems at all.

Answer by DrLact: About Psyllium usage in lactation

Few data are available on psyllium use during breastfeeding; however, it is unabsorbed orally. Most authorities consider psyllium acceptable to use during breastfeeding.[1][2]

Psyllium Side Effects in Breastfeeding

Twenty postpartum mothers were given a laxative containing 2.7 grams of plantango (psyllium) and senna equivalent to 15 mg of sennosides a and b daily on days 2 to 4 postpartum. Of the 11 infants who were breastfed (extent notstated), none had any loose stools.[3]
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