At last update significant data on breastfeeding were not found.
A commonly used herb in many cultures and countries, even during pregnancy and breastfeeding with very few reported side-effects. Whenever not abused it has a low toxicity.
Moderate use is considered to be compatible with breastfeeding, however because of the possibility of sedative effect in infants should better be avoided in cases of prematurity and in the neonatal period. Be aware of sedative effects in the infant.
Roots, rhizomes and stolons of the plant are used. It contains iridoids, valepotriates, steroids, essential oils, GABA and tannins.
Unproven beneficial effects in adults: sedative, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic.
Indication after Commission E of German Ministry of Health: insomnia, nervousness, anxiety.
Maximal daily dose: 9 g (2 g of dried extract)
We do not have alternatives for Valerian.
Very Low Risk
Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.
Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.
Very High Risk
Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.
- Garden heliotrope
- Valeriana officinalis (Latin, botanical name)
Drug trade names
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