Before taking SAM-e, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare provider about any potential risks. It is unknown if the supplement has any negative effects on breastfed infants, so you should avoid SAM-e while nursing until more information is available. Talk to your healthcare provider about SAM-e and breastfeeding in your particular situation to find out more about the risks.
Is SAM-e Safe While Breastfeeding?
It is not known if S-adenosyl-L-methionine (usually known as SAM-e) is safe for use in breastfeeding women. Because there may be unknown risks from using SAM-e during breastfeeding, check with your healthcare provider before taking SAM-e if you are nursing a child.
It is also unknown if SAM-e would have any negative effects on nursing infants. Until more information is available, you should avoid SAM-e 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.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About SAM-e and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about SAM-e 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 SAM-e 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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