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At this time, it is not known whether breastfeeding and inositol supplements are a safe combination. Although inositol is a naturally occurring molecule that is a natural component of breast milk, it does not mean that it is automatically safe for breastfeeding women to take the supplement form. Before taking inositol, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about any possible risks.
It is not known whether inositol supplements are safe for use in breastfeeding women. Because there may currently be unknown risks from using inositol during breastfeeding, you should check with your healthcare provider before taking inositol if you are breastfeeding a child.
Inositol is a naturally occurring molecule that is produced by the human body (and also found in food). It is passed through breast milk and is a natural component of breast milk. However, this should not be interpreted to mean that it is automatically safe for breastfeeding women to take inositol supplements. It is not known whether inositol supplements would have any negative effects on breastfed infants. Until more is known, it is probably a good idea to avoid inositol while breastfeeding, just to be safe.
Many women try to avoid medications while breastfeeding and turn to herbal remedies as an alternative, assuming that "natural" automatically means "safe." However, natural products can be quite toxic. For instance, many poisons and toxins are natural products.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about inositol 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 inositol and breastfeeding in your particular situation.