Last update Jan. 21, 2017
Very Low Risk
Herb which is widely used by many cultures. It has been used even for pain relief during pregnancy and colicky pain in fussy babies (without proved data on this).
Since it is non toxic at appropriate dose and a tiny excretion into breast milk of active metabolite Menthol, a moderate consumption is believed compatible while breastfeeding.
Dessicated leaves and essential oil of the plant that contains Menthol are used.
Properties that have been demonstrated and approved indications are: as spasmolytic for Dyspepsia, Irritable Colon and flatulence. It has been used for the treatment of cracked nipple with best results than placebo or Lanolin.
Although with no proven effectiveness, it is traditionally used for cough relief, common cold, pain or itching by local application or inhalation.
Overdosing of essential oil may be harmful.
Do not expose infants to inhalation of products that contain Menthol (irritation of the air way)
In case of use on the nipple, do it after feeding the baby and cleanse thoroughly the surface before the next one.
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.
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