Question

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

Nutmeg lactation summary

Nutmeg usage has low risk in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Nutmeg is 3 out of 8 which is considered Low Risk as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 3 indicates that usage of Nutmeg may cause some minor side effects in breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research indicates that Nutmeg may cause moderate to no side effects in lactating mother.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Nutmeg low risk in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • While using Nutmeg 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 Nutmeg usage in lactation

The seeds are used.The essential oil contains miristicine, safrole, eugenol and isoeugenol among other products. Indications according to German Commission E Ministry of Health: none, since intended properties have not been shown.Many poisonings have been reported by abuse after taking high doses for recreational purposes, originating a clinical picture consistent with anticholinergic-like effects seizures as narcosis and hallucinations. At latest update no published data were found on excretion into breast milk. Not contraindications as a culinary spice for which it is widely used. Given the lack of toxicity at normal doses, a moderate consumption during lactation does not represent any risk at all.

Answer by DrLact: About Nutmeg usage in lactation

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) seeds contain myristic acid, trymiristin, fatty acid glycerides and an essential oil, thought to be responsible for nutmeg intoxication, containing myristicin, elemicin, eugenol, safrole. Mace is a similar spice made from the dried covering of the nutmeg seed. Nutmeg has no specific lactation-related uses. No data exist on the excretion of any components of nutmeg into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of nutmeg in nursing mothers or infants. Nutmeg, mace and their oils are "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) as food ingredients by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. High doses (e.g., a spoonful) of nutmeg can cause intoxication that includes anticholinergic symptoms. Anticholinergics may reduce lactation.[1][2] In vitro studies found that nutmeg may have antiprogesterone activity,[3] which also theoretically could affect lactation. Nutmeg and mace in amounts higher than those found in foods as a flavoring should be avoided during breastfeeding. Dietary supplements do not require extensive pre-marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Manufacturers are responsible to ensure the safety, but do not need to the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements before they are marketed. Dietary supplements may contain multiple ingredients, and differences are often found between labeled and actual ingredients or their amounts. A manufacturer may contract with an independent organization to verify the quality of a product or its ingredients, but that does certify the safety or effectiveness of a product. Because of the above issues, clinical testing results on one product may not be applicable to other products. More detailed information #about dietary supplements# is available elsewhere on the LactMed Web site.

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