Tyrosine and Breastfeeding: An Overview
It is not known if tyrosine
(also known as L-tyrosine
) is safe for use in breastfeeding women. Tyrosine is an amino acid. While it is found in many foods, it is also available in dietary supplements
. Until more information is available, you should avoid tyrosine supplements
Is Tyrosine Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
At this time, no information is available to suggest that tyrosine supplements are either safe or unsafe for breastfeeding women. It might seem logical to assume that tyrosine supplements would be perfectly safe for breastfeeding women, since tyrosine is just an amino acid that is found in many foods and is produced naturally by the human body. However, just because a normal dietary intake of tyrosine through food is safe, it cannot be assumed that using tyrosine supplements medicinally is equally safe. Perhaps the higher levels could cause problems, or perhaps the tyrosine in supplements is slightly different from the tyrosine found in foods. Until more information is available, you should wait until after weaning your child to try tyrosine supplements.
Although tyrosine is a "natural" product, this does not necessarily mean that it is safe for use during 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 a dietary supplement during breastfeeding for which there is no information available about its safety.