Senna Laxative  while Breastfeeding
American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical experts exclusively recommend to breastfeed the baby for first 6 months. Once you introduce baby to other foods it is recommended to breastfeed for at least first year of babys life. Taking medication while breastfeeding could be tricky as most drugs pass in breast milk. In this article we will evaluate Senna Laxative for its safety in breastfeeding.

What is Senna Laxative used for?

relieves occasional constipation (irregularity) generally produces a bowel movement in 6-12 hours

Brief: Laxative

Is Senna Laxative usage safe while breastfeeding? If a lactating mother is using it can there be any effect on growth or development of infant?

Senna Laxative  safe for breastfeeding
As per our analysis Senna Laxative contains only one ingredient and that is Sennosides. We have analyzed Sennosides and it seems to be safe to use Sennosides while breastfeeding, that means usage of Senna Laxative shall be safe while breastfeeding. Below you can check more details of Sennosides usage in breastfeeding. We recommend you to go through provided detailed analysis as below take decision accordingly.

Senna Laxative Breastfeeding Analsys

Sennosides while Breastfeeding


CAS Number: 8013-11-4

Indian Senna, Senna or Tinnevelly Senna. Shrub. Leaves, fruits, and flowers are used. It contains anthraquinones, naphtoquinones, flavonoids, mineral salts, polysaccharides (mucilage). Unproved effect: Irritant of intestine. Not absorbed by GI tract, laxative. American Academy of Pediatrics: Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding. Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs 2002: Compatible with breastfeeding.

Senna Laxative Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

Sennosides while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 8013-11-4

Although an early uncontrolled report using an old senna product found increased frequency of diarrhea in breastfed infants, several controlled studies using modern senna products found no effect on the infant. Usual doses of senna are acceptable to use during breastfeeding.

I already used Senna Laxative and meanwhile I breastfed my baby should I be concerned?

It is always a good idea to keep your healthcare provider or doctor informed about your drug usage during pregnancy and breastfeeding but if you have not informed your doctor about Senna Laxative and have used it then do not panic as Senna Laxative is mostly safe in breastfeeding and should not cause any harm to your baby.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Senna Laxative , is it safe?

Definitely, Senna Laxative is safe in lactation for baby. No wonder your doctor has recommended it.

If I am using Senna Laxative , will my baby need extra monitoring?

No extra baby monitoring required while mother is using Senna Laxative

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Senna Laxative 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