Last update Feb. 20, 2016
Very Low Risk
At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk were found.
It is a widely used plant in preparing food and also in Phytotherapy as herbal extracts or essential oil.
Given its lack of toxicity, a moderate consumption as herbal-based medicine during lactation would have low or no risk. Its consumption as a food is devoid of risk.
The plant's bulbs are used which contain fructans, polysaccharides, flavonoids (quercetin glycosides), saponins, sterols and sulfoxides.
Properties that were approved by the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health are: antibacterial, fat-lowering, antihypertensive, platelet aggregation inhibitor. It is used to treat loss of appetite and topically for bedsores and contractures.
It has been used as a topical treatment for pain or inflammation of the nipple.
There is insufficient evidence that would suggest ingestion of onions by the mother may be a cause of colicky pain or breast milk rejection by the infants.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, 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.