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, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.
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