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Breastfeeding and St.John's Wort

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greenbeanie Mon 22-Nov-10 15:40:01

Have just had dc3, with previous 2dc have suffered from pnd. Although I didn't take anything whilst breastfeeding once I had stopped I found St. John's Wort really helpful. Does anyone know if it is suitable to take whilst breastfeeding if I need to (hopefully it won't be necessary this time)?

Zara75 Mon 22-Nov-10 17:32:37

I am afraid it is not. I can recommend you herbs like verbena or melissa. Stay away also from herbs like sage and peppermint. If you are not sure you may visit this website:

tiktok Mon 22-Nov-10 17:46:55

greenbeanie - you can ask your HV, doctor or chemist about this. You can share this reference with them: which is a study that found no statistically significant effect on the mother, her breastfeeding or her baby.

Zara - where have you found SJW is not to be used when bf?

Hope you get some good help with your pnd, greenbeanie.

Zara75 Mon 22-Nov-10 19:30:40

oh gosh, sorry I mixed it up with lady's mantle .. I should not do three things at a time. I apologise!! Of course st. johns wort is fine. sorry again!!

greenbeanie Tue 23-Nov-10 19:48:08

Thanks for the advice everyone, I find it quite difficult to get support as I am a health visitor and my own health visitor is one of my colleagues, also my GP is one of the GP's that I work with so all quite complicated really.

Maybe this time PND won't be a problem, and I think knowing that there is something you can take can sometimes be really helpful even if you don't need it.

SirBoobAlot Tue 23-Nov-10 19:57:57

I thought you couldn't use it either confused May be worth speaking to a herb specialist / GP / Breastfeeing Network Drugs Line 0844 412 4665.

Its safe to take a lot of SRRIs whilst breastfeeding, am sure of that much.

HTH, good luck

ArthurPewty Tue 23-Nov-10 20:03:54

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ArthurPewty Tue 23-Nov-10 20:05:17

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