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Mangosteen and Breastfeeding

If you are breastfeeding and thinking about taking mangosteen, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider first. No research has been done to determine if mangosteen is safe for nursing women or their babies. Therefore, it is not known how mangosteen might affect the woman or her child. It should not be assumed that just because mangosteen is a "natural" product that it is either safe or effective for anyone, including women who are breastfeeding.

Is Mangosteen Safe While Breastfeeding?

It is not known if mangosteen is safe for use while breastfeeding. Therefore, it is a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking mangosteen supplements (or regularly consuming mangosteen) if you are breastfeeding a child.
No research has been done to see if mangosteen is safe for breastfeeding women or their infants. It is not known how the supplement might affect a breastfeeding women or her child.
It should never be assumed that natural products are automatically safe for women who are breastfeeding. This is a mistake many breastfeeding women make. Breastfeeding often limits the prescription and non-prescription drugs that are available for a woman to take. As a result, women often seek safe alternatives, sometimes assuming that herbal supplements are always safe. This is simply not the case. Herbal supplements can be marketed in the United States without any evidence that they are safe (or even effective) for anyone, including breastfeeding women.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking mangosteen. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about breastfeeding and mangosteen that is right for you.
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