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    Talking Vitamins/Herbs while nursing?

    Hey quick question, I bought a new whole food powder vitamin supplement (basically a multivitamin powder made w/ foods) and it has some herbs in it I was curious about.

    - Max Whole Green Herb Blend:
    (Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) (root), Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) (herb), Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) (seed), Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum) (fruit), Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng) (root), Gingko (Gingko biloba) (leaf), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) (root)

    I've read ginseng can stimulate baby, but in such a small amt I think it's okay. Does any of the other stuff stick out as unsafe? I will be watching baby for any reaction, of course. TIA!

    http://www.pipingrock.com/multivitam...ood-powder-571 <-- that's the supplement.

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    Default Re: Vitamins/Herbs while nursing?

    Wow, it's got a ton of ingredients! Let's see...

    Gingseng is on the list of herbal drugs to avoid during lactation in Dr. Hale's book Medications and Mothers' Milk, though in a separate entry he gives it an L3 (moderately safe). He says

    Reported toxicities have included estrogen-like effects including diffuse mammary nodularity, vaginal bleeding, etc.[2] The most commonly reported event is nervousness, excitation, morning diarrhea, and inability to concentrate. In one case report, germanium, an ingredient in ginseng preparations, produced a significant diuretic resistance.[3] A few other reports have suggested decreased platelet adhesion and increased bleedingrisk with its use. No data was found concerning transfer into human milk. It is recommended that it not be used for more than 6 weeks.[4]
    Echinacea is also rated L3, with this caveat:

    Thus far, little is known about the toxicity of this plant although its use has been widespread for many years. Apparently, purified Echinacea extract is relatively non-toxic even at high doses.[3,4] No data are available on its transfer into human milk or its effect on lactation. It should not be used for more than 8 weeks.[4]
    Goldenseal is on the list of contraindicated herbal drugs, but there isn't a separate entry for it, so I don't have more information than that.

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    Default Re: Vitamins/Herbs while nursing?

    I hope I don't come across to negative, but I would not use that. I was recommmended herbs and supplements a lot and what you describe sounds similar to what was recommended to me.
    I ended up not taking it after reading the cautions on the NLM NIM site and other similar ones.

    Another aspect that always bothered me about such herbal or plant supplements is that no one can guarantue how they were grown and fertilized, and residues of fertilizers remain in plants a long time, and accumulate in the body. Also some of the herbs/plants you list influence hormon levels, especially female hormons. And each of the above are strong medicinal herbs in themselves, so combining may not be that good either.

    Anyway, look for yourself, under "safety concerns"


    Panax Ginseng


    Milk Thistle

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