Last update: Sept. 12, 2015
Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully.
Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T ½ (elimination half-lives).
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It contains 0.5% of essential oils composed mostly by Estragole (agent with mutagenic, carcinogenic and cytotoxic effects), Eugenol and Linalool.
Traditionally used for dyspepsia and as a diuretic. Essential oils are topically used as anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial treatment.
Based on Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: usage is discouraged due to unproven benefits and possible toxic effects.
The prolonged use of infusions and essential oils during pregnancy, lactation and childhood is discouraged.
Fresh basil for culinary purposes has no contraindications but must be thoroughly washed since frequent and severe bacterial contaminations have occurred.
There is no proof on its property as a galactagogue.
A best galactagogue effect is mainly obtained by frequent nursing together with an appropriate lactation technique.
We do not have alternatives for Basil.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.
Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.
Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.
e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Confederación Nacional de Pediatría (CONAPEME) from Mexico
Would you like to recommend the use of e-lactancia? Write to us at corporate mail of APILAM