Pycnogenol and Breastfeeding

It is not known if the components of Pycnogenol pass through breast milk or if they could cause problems in a nursing infant. Just because it is a "natural" product, this does not mean that Pycnogenol and breastfeeding is a safe combination. If you are taking Pycnogenol and thinking of breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider first.

Pycnogenol and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract that is used in dietary supplements. Currently, it is not known if it is safe for breastfeeding women to take the supplement. Therefore, do not take Pycnogenol without the approval and supervision of your healthcare provider.

Pycnogenol While Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

There is no reason to believe that Pycnogenol is either safe or unsafe for women who are breastfeeding. It has never been studied in breastfeeding women, and it is not known if the active components of the supplement pass through breast milk or if this would cause any problems in a nursing infant. The manufacturer provides no recommendations on the use of Pycnogenol in women who are breastfeeding.
It should be noted that just because Pycnogenol is "natural," it does not automatically mean that it is safe. For example, many toxins and poisons are also natural.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Pycnogenol and Breastfeeding

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