Note: Due to high dilution of active ingredients in homeopathic medicines most homeopathic medicines are safe while breastfeeding.
Zinc (Zn) is an essential element for nutrition. It is present in many foods.Recommended daily allowance of Zn is 8 to 15 mg. (Moran Hall 2010). Millions of people worldwide are Zn-deficient.It is used as a treatment for Wilson's disease and Acrodermatitis Enteropathica. Zn is involved in the regulation process of lactation (Lee 2016).Pasteurization of the milk does not affect the concentration of Zn and other trace elements (Mohd Taufek-2016). The average concentration of Zn in breastmilk is 4 to 16 mg / L (Picciano 1976, Hannan 2005, Dórea 2012) which is independent of plasma levels and maternal daily intake (Krebs 1995, Chierici 1999, Hannan 2009).Intestinal absorption of zinc is almost doubled during pregnancy and lactation (Fung 1997).Zinc levels in the infant are dependent on Zinc levels in the breast milk (Dumrongwongsiri 2015)With a varied and balanced diet, an extra intake of minerals is not needed. Excessive intake of Zinc may cause gastrointestinal problems and Pancytopenia (Irving 2003).
Homeopathic medicines usually do not cause harmful effects on breastfed babies. Zincum Metallicum | Zinc 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.
Homeopathic medicines are usually safe in breastfeeding and if Zincum Metallicum | Zinc Granule has been recommended by doctor then there should be no doubt about its usage in breastfeeding.
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