Last update: Jan. 26, 2019
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
At latest update no relevant data on excretion of Homeopathic medicines into breast milk were found.
Homeopathic products follow the principle of infinitesimal dissolution dosage, without any content of active substances, with a placebo-like effects (Antonelli 2018, Prescrire 2012, Simonart 2012, Shang 2005), which is a reason for a lack of toxicity for anybody (Dantas 2000) and hence the likelihood of harmful effects to the nursing mother and her infant is considered to be non-existent.
However, reportedly some cases of severe intoxication and allergic reactions have occurred, either by wrong preparation or confusion with other products that were not homeopathic (Glatstein 2014, Posadzki 2012, Aviner 2010, Cuesta 2007, Chakraborti 2003, Audicana 200, Montoya 1991). Use of this therapy is related to delay in diagnosis or treatment of severe conditions (Malik 2003).
Homeopathic preparations are frequently recommended by midwives, despite the fact that there is not scientific evidence of effectiveness of it (Smith 2013, Allaire 2000). It has not shown beneficial effect on amelioration of any process, even in pregnancy, child birth or breastfeeding (Prescrire 2013).
Alcoholic solutions could pose a health problem for infants.
Due to the lack of proof on effectiveness shown in all meta-analysis done for this purpose, Homeopathy should not be considered a medical science (Caulfield 2011, Ernst 2010), which is a reason for being withdrawn from financial support by the Health National System in many countries.
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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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Instituto de Salud Infantil, Grecia-Institute of Child's Health in Greece
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