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Breastfeeding and herbal products

Some herbal products are safe, others not so safe.

 

Find out where to go to find out.

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We often assume that herbal or ‘natural’ remedies are harmless but this isn't always true. Herbal products don’t need to have the same level of testing and proof that they work as prescription medicines do. As a result, we know less about their side effects during breastfeeding. 

Some herbal remedies are known to be quite safe when breastfeeding. Others have been shown to contain components that may not be safe. It’s a good idea to check before you take any herbs, especially if you are taking them at the same time as prescription medicines. 

The NPS Medicines Line 1300 633 424 (1300 MEDICINE) can assist you with questions you may have about herbal products or prescription medicines. 

All states and territories

NPS Medicines Line
(9am-5pm AEST)

1300 633 424

NSW

MotherSafe, Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick

02 9382 6539
1800 647 848
(NSW country)

Qld

NPS Medicines Line

1300 633 424

SA

Medicines Information Centre
Women's and Children's Hospital

08 8161 7222

TAS

NPS Medicines Line

1300 633 424

VIC

Medicines Information Centre
Royal Women's Hospital

03 8345 3190

Medicines Information Centre
Monash Medical Centre

03 9594 2361

WA

Women's & Newborn Health Services (KEMH)

08 6458 2723

ACT / NT

NPS Medicines Line

1300 633 424

The information on this website does not replace advice from your health care provider.

© Australian Breastfeeding Association April 2022