Stinging Nettle and Breastfeeding

Since no studies have been conducted on breastfeeding and stinging nettle, it is not known whether the supplement is safe for nursing women or their infants. Some sources suggest that stinging nettle is beneficial for breastfeeding mothers because it is high in vitamins and minerals. Before taking stinging nettle, nursing women should first consult their healthcare providers to discuss the benefits and potential risks.

Is Stinging Nettle Safe While Breastfeeding?

Because it is not clear if stinging nettle is safe for use while breastfeeding, it would be a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking it if you are nursing.
 
No research has been done to see if the supplement is safe for breastfeeding women or their infants, and it is not known how the supplement might affect a breastfeeding woman or her child. Some sources suggest that stinging nettle is beneficial for breastfeeding mothers because it is high in vitamins and minerals. If you would like to increase your vitamin and mineral intake while breastfeeding, a prenatal vitamin would be a simpler (and likely safer) alternative.
 
Breastfeeding often limits the prescription and non-prescription drugs that are available for a woman to take. As a result, women often seek safe alternatives, sometimes assuming that herbal supplements are always safe. This is simply not the case. Herbal supplements can be marketed in the United States without any evidence that they are safe (or even effective) for anyone, including breastfeeding women. It should never be assumed that natural products are automatically safe for breastfeeding women.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and stinging nettle. 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 that is right for you.
 
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