Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule Breastfeeding
Modern medicine has evolved so much so that sooner or later every breastfeeding mother needs to take it in one form or other. Medication that is present in mothers blood will transfer into her breast milk to some extent. Most drugs do so at low levels and pose no real risk to infants but then there are some exceptions. In This post will discuss whether Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule is safe in breast-feeding or not.

What is Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule used for?

For the temporary relief of sleeplessness and nervousness Directions Adults: Take five granules three times daily or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner. Children: Take three granules and follow adult directions.

Brief: Indications For the temporary relief of sleeplessness and nervousness

What are the risk associated with Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule usage while breastfeeding? What precautions shall I take while using it in breastfeeding?

Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule low risk for breastfeeding
Valerian is the one and only active ingredient present in Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule. Valerian in itself is a low risk drug for lactation so it is easy to understand that Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule also comes in category of Low Risk item while breastfeeding. Below is the summary of Valerian in breastfeeding.

Note: Due to high dilution of active ingredients in homeopathic medicines most homeopathic medicines are safe while breastfeeding.

Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule Breastfeeding Analsys

Valerian while Breastfeeding

Low Risk

CAS Number: 8057-49-6

At last update significant data on breastfeeding were not found. A commonly used herb in many cultures and countries, even during pregnancy and breastfeeding with very few reported side-effects. Whenever not abused it has a low toxicity. Moderate use is considered to be compatible with breastfeeding, however because of the possibility of sedative effect in infants should better be avoided in cases of prematurity and in the neonatal period. Be aware of sedative effects in the infant. Roots, rhizomes and stolons of the plant are used. It contains iridoids, valepotriates, steroids, essential oils, GABA and tannins. Unproven beneficial effects in adults: sedative, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic. Indication after Commission E of German Ministry of Health: insomnia, nervousness, anxiety. Maximal daily dose: 9 g (2 g of dried extract)

Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

Valerian while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 8008-88-6; 8057-49-6

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) root contains mono- and sesquiterpenes, and iridoid triesters (valepotriates). Preparations are sometimes standardized on valerenic acid content. Valerian has no specific uses in nursing mothers, but is most commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disturbances, and occasionally for self-treatment of postpartum blues or depression.[1][2] No data exist on the safety and efficacy of valerian in nursing mothers or infants. In general, valerian is well tolerated, with side effects such as dizziness, hangover or headache reported occasionally. Valerian is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) for use in food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Valerian is often not recommended during lactation because of the theoretical concerns over its valepotriates and baldrinals which have been shown to be cytotoxic and mutagenic in vitro. Because there is no published experience with valerian during breastfeeding, an alternate therapy may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant. 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.

I am nursing mother and I have already used Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule, what should I do?

Homeopathic medicines usually do not cause harmful effects on breastfed babies. Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule is a homeopathic medicine and if your baby does not have any abnormal symptoms then there is nothing to worry about. Some homeopathic medicines contain alcohol (ethanol) and such homeopathic medicines in high dosage can have bad effect on development of baby.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule, is it safe?

Homeopathic medicines are usually safe in breastfeeding and if Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule has been recommended by doctor then there should be no doubt about its usage in breastfeeding.

If I am using Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule, will my baby need extra monitoring?

Not really.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Valeriana Officinalis | Valerian Granule in breastfeeding?

National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week