Policosanol and Breastfeeding: An Overview
is a dietary supplement
typically used to treat high cholesterol
. Currently, it is not known if it is safe for breastfeeding women to take the supplement. Therefore, do not take policosanol without the approval and supervision of your healthcare provider.
Policosanol and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
There is no reason to believe that policosanol is either safe or unsafe for women who are breastfeeding. The supplement has never been studied in breastfeeding women, and it is not known if the active components of policosanol pass through breast milk or if this would cause any problems in a nursing infant. In adults, policosanol may increase the risk of bleeding. This may also be a problem in breastfed infants whose mothers take policosanol.
It should be noted that just because policosanol is "natural," it does not automatically mean it is safe. For example, many toxins and poisons are also natural.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Policosanol and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about policosanol 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 policosanol and breastfeeding that is right for you.