Last update: Oct. 19, 2014
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
Shrub which is native from South Africa that is used as a tea since 1930. Constituents are: flavonoids, antioxidants like aspalathin, quercetin, rutin, nothofagin, luteolin, orientin among others, phenol acids, low tannin. None has shown to have a caffeine-like effect.
Absorption through the gut and skin is poor. Anti-oxidant property has not been found to be higher in the milk from mothers who have taken rooibos or whatever herb.
Effectiveness on traditional indications like antispasmodic or sedative effect has not been shown. According to the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health it is an useless medication.
Commonly used in South Africa. Despite of a lack of scientific evidence, it seems to be harmless with a not abusive consumption.
At latest update, relevant information on excretion into breast milk was not found.
Moderate and occasional use is recommended while breastfeeding.
We do not have alternatives for Rooibos since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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