Last update: Feb. 20, 2016

Allium cepa

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding


Compatible.
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

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´s pediatricians and pharmacists, 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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Other names

Allium cepa is Onion in Latin, botanical name.

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Allium cepa belongs to these groups or families:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Allium cepa in its composition:

References

  1. Romaszko E, Wiczkowski W, Romaszko J, Honke J, Piskula MK. Exposure of breastfed infants to quercetin after consumption of a single meal rich in quercetin by their mothers. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2014 Abstract
  2. Akcan AB, Ozkiraz S. An unusual traditional practice for damaged nipples during lactation. Breastfeed Med. 2012 Abstract
  3. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume I. WHO monographs 1999 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Lust KD, Brown JE, Thomas W. Maternal intake of cruciferous vegetables and other foods and colic symptoms in exclusively breast-fed infants. J Am Diet Assoc. 1996 Abstract

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