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Flaxseed Oil and Breastfeeding

Before consuming flaxseed oil, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about the possible risks. Little research is available concerning the safety of using flaxseed oil during breastfeeding, but normal amounts are probably safe for use. It is not known if higher doses are safe for breastfeeding women.

Is Flaxseed Oil Safe While Breastfeeding?

Flaxseed oil is probably safe for most breastfeeding women, especially when consumed at normal and reasonable amounts. However, problems could occur if breastfeeding women consume a large amount of flaxseed oil.
It is important to understand that flaxseed oil is not exactly the same as flaxseed, since the oil does not contain all of the active components found in the seeds. The information in this article does not apply to flaxseed.
Although flaxseed oil is a good source of some omega-3 fatty acids, it does not contain the type of omega-3 fatty acid most often recommended for breastfeeding women (docosahexaenoic acid, also known as DHA). Although little research is available concerning the safety of flaxseed oil during breastfeeding, normal amounts (such as those found in foods) are probably safe for use while breastfeeding. It is not known if higher doses (such as for medicinal purposes) are safe.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about flaxseed oil 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about flaxseed oil and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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