Hoodia and Breastfeeding

No studies have been conducted on the safety of hoodia and breastfeeding. Since it is not known whether the supplement passes through breast milk (or whether it is safe and effective in general), it is recommended that breastfeeding women avoid taking the drug. Each woman's situation is different, however, so be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about hoodia and breastfeeding in your situation.

An Overview of Hoodia and Breastfeeding

It is not known if hoodia passes through breast milk or whether it is safe for use during breastfeeding. Importantly, it is also not known if hoodia is either safe or effective for use in general (no published studies have shown hoodia to be safe and effective for weight loss). Because there may be potential, unknown risks from using hoodia during breastfeeding (and since there is no clear established benefit from using hoodia), breastfeeding women should not take hoodia.

Hoodia and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No research has been conducted on whether hoodia passes through breast milk. Importantly, breastfeeding is a time of increased caloric need for women. It is not the best time to be dieting. A healthy and balanced diet is recommended, not a low-calorie diet (which might result from taking hoodia, which may be an appetite suppressant).

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Hoodia and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about hoodia 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 hoodia and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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