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Herbs and breastfeeding

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Mothers taking herbs or drinking herbal teas while breastfeeding should be wary of the potential for reduced milk supply or toxicity in infants, Ruth Lawrence, MD, University of Rochester, says Oct. 31 at an American Academy of Pediatrics meeting in Chicago. While botanicals such as chicory, peppermint, ginger, rose hips and red bush tea are considered safe during lactation, herbs such as fennel, comfrey and fenugreek might pose risks that are passed on to infants, Lawrence reports
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