Breastfeeding and herbal preparations

Herbal preparations and breastfeeding

While we often assume that herbal or ‘natural’ remedies are harmless, this is not always true. Herbal preparations are not required to have the same level of testing and proof that they work as do prescription medicines. As a result, we know less about their side effects during breastfeeding. Some are known to be quite safe. Others have been shown to contain components that may not be safe. It’s a good idea to do your homework before you take any herbs, especially if you are taking them at the same time as prescription medicines.

For current information about the use of medicines/drugs during breastfeeding (or pregnancy), please see our article 'Breastfeeding and prescription medications' for contact details of Medicines Information Centres around Australia.

Last reviewed: 
Apr 2020