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Saffron and Breastfeeding

Although it is unknown if it is safe to use saffron supplements while breastfeeding, consuming saffron in normal amounts through dietary means is probably safe. However, just because saffron is a "natural" product, it does not automatically mean it is safe. Until more information is available on saffron and breastfeeding, it is a good idea for women to avoid these supplements when nursing a child.

Saffron and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Normal use of saffron in foods is probably safe for most people, including women who are breastfeeding. However, it is not known if using saffron medicinally (as an herbal supplement) is equally safe for use in breastfeeding women. Until more information is available, it is a good idea to avoid saffron supplements while breastfeeding.
 

Saffron and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that saffron supplements are either safe or unsafe for breastfeeding women or their infants. Although it is a "natural" product, this does not necessarily mean that it is safe for use when breastfeeding.
 
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. It just does not make sense to use an herbal supplement for which there is no information available about its safety during breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Saffron and Breastfeeding

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