Because no research has been done on HCA and breastfeeding, the risks the supplement might pose to a nursing infant are unknown. However, breastfeeding is typically a time of increased caloric and nutritional need, not a time to be dieting. So if you are taking HCA and breastfeeding is something you are considering, you should discuss the issue with your healthcare provider.
HCA and Breastfeeding: An Overview
It is not known if hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is safe for use in breastfeeding women. Because there may be currently unknown risks from using HCA while breastfeeding, you should check with your healthcare provider before taking the supplement if you are nursing a child.
HCA and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
No research has been done to see if HCA passes through breast milk or if it would have any negative effects on a breastfed infant. Also, HCA is usually used as a weight loss supplement, and 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, usually with an increased caloric intake, compared to women who are not breastfeeding or pregnant.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About HCA and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about HCA 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about HCA and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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