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Using Elderberry while Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know

Pregnancy. Breastfeeding and Elderberry

For breastfeeding people, maintaining a healthy immune system is crucial for both you and your nursing baby. One natural remedy that has gained popularity is elderberry, but is it safe to use while breastfeeding?

Some of our most commonly asked questions are: 
Can I take Elderberry while Pregnant?
Can I take Elderberry while Breastfeeding?
How do I take Elderberry Syrup?

Can my child use elderberry syrup?

DISCLAIMER: We are not medical professionals. We advise you to speak with your medical professional if you have further questions. Please be sure to tell your medical professional all of the medications/supplements you are taking in the event that you experience an unlikely reaction.

The Safety of Elderberry While Breastfeeding

Using elderberry while breastfeeding is generally regarded as safe! This link from NCBI link tells a bit more about breastfeeding and elderberry. One of our FAVORITE evidence-based breastfeeding resources is KellyMom.com, and they shared this well written article on cold and flu supplements to use while breastfeeding from San Diego Breastfeeding Center

For breastfeeding mothers, maintaining a healthy immune system is crucial for both you and your nursing baby. One natural remedy that has gained popularity is elderberry, but is it safe to use while breastfeeding?

benefits of using elderberry while breastfeeding

Potential Benefits to Breastfeeding

So why consider adding some elderberry to your breastfeeding diet? Some of the potential benefits of using elderberry while breastfeeding include:

  1. Immune System Boost - The high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants in elderberry may help support the nursing mother's immune defenses. Fighting Illness - If you do catch a cold, flu, or other illness, elderberry's antiviral properties could help reduce symptoms like coughing, congestion, and sore throat. 
  2. Anti-Inflammatory Effects - The anti-inflammatory compounds in elderberry may aid in healing and recovery after childbirth. Increased Antioxidants - Elderberry provides a boost of dietary antioxidants that can help the breastfeeding mother's body fight oxidative stress. 
  3. Overall Health Support - The vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants in elderberries may provide an overall health boost for nursing mothers.

Safety Precautions

While elderberry in normal quantities is generally considered safe for breastfeeding, there are some potential precautions to be aware of:

  • Allergic Reactions - Avoid elderberry if you have a known allergy or sensitivity to the berries.
  • Laxative Effects - For some individuals, very high quantities of elderberry may potentially cause diarrhea, stomach upset, or laxative effects.
  • Interactions - Elderberry could interact with certain medications like chemotherapy drugs, diuretics, or immunosuppressants.
  • Infant Sensitivity - Although uncommon, there is a theoretical risk of elderberry passing through breastmilk and causing allergic reactions or gastrointestinal issues for some sensitive infants.

As with any herbal product while nursing, it's best to discuss using elderberry with your doctor or a lactation consultant, especially before taking supplements. They can provide personalized guidance based on your situation.

When consumed in moderation, the antioxidants and nutrients in elderberry are generally considered safe and may provide valuable immune and health support for breastfeeding people and their babies!

HOW DO I USE ELDERBERRY SYRUP WHILE BREASTFEEDING?

Simply follow the dosing recommendations on your favorite Seattle Elderberry product! Check out our blog post that outlines the differences between our products and how to use them!

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Can I give my baby or child elderberry syrup?

In most cases- YES! We recommend starting elderberry as a "new food" for babies as young as 6 months. Do NOT give products containing honey to children under 1. For more information, Check out our blog post that highlights WHY you might want to use elderberry for your child and WHEN and HOW to use!  

Facts and Questions

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