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Garlic and Breastfeeding

Although it is not known if high amounts of garlic are safe while breastfeeding, garlic that is consumed in normal amounts through dietary means is probably safe. However, some components of garlic do pass through breast milk, and many infants find the taste undesirable. If you consume a meal that has a large amount of garlic, note if your child is affected by it.

Garlic and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Consuming normal amounts of garlic through dietary sources seems to be quite safe for breastfeeding infants. However, it is not known if unusually high garlic intakes -- either through food or through garlic supplements -- are also safe. In addition, some infants may not breastfeed as well after their mothers consume garlic.

Is Garlic Safe While Breastfeeding?

It is not known if high intakes of garlic are safe while breastfeeding. Garlic is not free of side effects (see Garlic Side Effects) and drug interactions (see Garlic Drug Interactions). Generally, high intakes of garlic are not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
But what about consuming a normal amount of garlic through food? Although this is probably safe, it may cause problems during breastfeeding. Some of the components of garlic pass through breast milk, changing the flavor of it. Many infants may find the taste undesirable. This can happen with other foods or spices as well. If you eat a meal that has a large amount of garlic, pay attention to see if it seems to affect your child. If your child doesn't seem to mind, there is probably no reason to avoid a normal intake of garlic through food.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Garlic and Breastfeeding

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