Last update May 21, 2021
Isoquinolinic alkaloid found in high concentration in plants such as hydrastis, barberry, Oregon grape and others.
It has been used as a flavoring in food and alcoholic beverages. It has antimicrobial properties.
At the date of the last update, the authors did not find any published data on its excretion in breast milk.
Berberine can cause gastritis, nephritis, phototoxicity and severe jaundice due to displacement of bilirubin bound to albumin, increasing risk of kernicterus in newborns, greater in the case of Glucose-6PD deficiency (Rad 2017, Chan 1993).
Given its lack of proven indications and its possible toxicity, its habitual consumption is dispensable and more so during lactation.
We do not have alternatives for Berberine.
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. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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