Chromium Picolinate and Breastfeeding
A prenatal vitamin or multivitamin should provide the necessary amount of chromium that is needed for women who are breastfeeding. Chromium picolinate supplements contain much higher amounts of chromium than the recommended dose, and it is not known if these supplements are safe for women who are breastfeeding. If you are taking chromium picolinate and breastfeeding at the same time, talk to your healthcare provider.
It is not known if high doses of chromium picolinate are safe for women who are breastfeeding. However, lower chromium doses (such as those found in prenatal vitamins or multivitamins) are probably safe and beneficial for women who are breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding women need more chromium than most people (about 45 mcg per day). A prenatal vitamin or multivitamin should provide plenty of chromium for most breastfeeding women. Chromium picolinate supplements, however, usually contain much more than the recommended dose, and it is not known if these doses are safe for breastfeeding women.
If you are interested in taking a chromium picolinate supplement, it is probably a good idea to wait until you have finished breastfeeding. In the meantime, a prenatal vitamin or multivitamin is probably the best option to supplement your diet.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about chromium picolinate and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about chromium picolinate and breastfeeding in your particular situation.