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Since no studies have been performed on breastfeeding and grape seed extract, it is not known whether the supplement is safe for such women and their infants. It is important to know that herbal supplements can be marketed in the United States without any evidence that they are safe. Therefore, before taking grape seed extract, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers.

Grape Seed Extract and Breastfeeding: An Overview

It is not clear if grape seed extract is safe for use while breastfeeding. Therefore, it is a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking this product if you are breastfeeding.

Is Grape Seed Extract Safe While Breastfeeding?

Some Web sites state that there is no known reason why a breastfeeding woman cannot take grape seed extract. While this is technically true, there is also no evidence that breastfeeding women can safely take the supplement. Quite simply, no research has been done to see if grape seed extract is safe for breastfeeding women or their infants.
It should never be assumed that natural products are automatically safe for breastfeeding women. This is a mistake many such women make. Breastfeeding often limits the prescription and non-prescription drugs that are available for a woman to take. As a result, women often seek safe alternatives, sometimes assuming that herbal supplements are always safe. This is simply not the case. Herbal supplements can be marketed in the United States without any evidence that they are safe (or even effective) for anyone, including women who are nursing.

Discussing Breastfeeding and Grape Seed Extract With Your Healthcare Provider

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