Is Chicory compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Chicory?


July 11, 2016 (Very Low Risk)

Herbaceous plant widely used since ancient times in the cuisine of many societies as salad and more recently as a substitute or adulterant of coffee.
In traditional medicine the root is used. It contains inulin (fructose polymer) and lactones.
Unproven properties: laxative, aperitif, digestive and choleretic. Indications by Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: anorexia, dyspepsia.

At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk was found.

Given its lack of toxicity, moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding.
Extracts that contain Inulin are added to artificial infant formulas (beginning-type) to fight constipation.

Very Low Risk

Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.

Very High Risk

Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.


  • Blue daisy
  • Blue dandelion
  • Common Chicory


  • Cichorium intybus (Latin, botanical name)


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