Astragalus and Breastfeeding
Before taking astragalus, nursing women should first consult their healthcare providers to discuss any potential risks. There is currently no evidence that the herbal supplement is either safe or unsafe for use while breastfeeding. Since every woman's situation is different, you should talk to your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and astragalus to see if this product is right for you.
Astragalus is an herbal supplement used for a variety of different purposes. It is unknown if the herb is safe for use while breastfeeding. Therefore, it is a good idea to check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before taking it while nursing.
Although some Web sites list astragalus as an herb that is safe for use during breastfeeding, there is no evidence that the product either is safe or unsafe for breastfeeding women. Although some women have taken it while nursing with no apparent negative consequences, this does not "prove" that the herb is safe.
Breastfeeding often limits the prescription and nonprescription drugs that a woman can take. As a result, women often seek safe alternatives, sometimes assuming that herbal supplements are always safe. This is simply not the case. Herbal supplements can be marketed in the United States without any evidence that they are safe (or even effective). It should never be assumed that natural products are automatically safe for breastfeeding women.
Talking With Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking astragalus. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision that is right for you.