Last update March 29, 2022

Homeopathy

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and 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 and other health groups, despite the fact that there is not scientific evidence of effectiveness of it (Mathie 2019, 1018, 2017 y 2015, 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Homeopathy should not be considered a medical science (Caulfield 2011, Ernst 2010), which is a reason for being withdrawn from financial support by the Health National System in many countries.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 team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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References

  1. Mathie RT, Fok YYY, Viksveen P, To AKL, Davidson JRT. Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised, Other-than-Placebo Controlled, Trials of Non-Individualised Homeopathic Treatment. Homeopathy. 2019 May;108(2):88-101. Consulted on May 29, 2019 Abstract
  2. Antonelli M, Donelli D. Reinterpreting homoeopathy in the light of placebo effects to manage patients who seek homoeopathic care: A systematic review. Health Soc Care Community. 2018 Abstract
  3. Mathie RT, Ulbrich-Zürni S, Viksveen P, Roberts ER, Baitson ES, Legg LA, Davidson JRT. Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised, Other-than-Placebo Controlled, Trials of Individualised Homeopathic Treatment. Homeopathy. 2018 Nov;107(4):229-243. Abstract
  4. Mathie RT, Ramparsad N, Legg LA, Clausen J, Moss S, Davidson JR, Messow CM, McConnachie A. Randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of non-individualised homeopathic treatment: systematic review and meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2017 Mar 24;6(1):63. Abstract
  5. Mathie RT. Controlled clinical studies of homeopathy. Homeopathy. 2015 Oct;104(4):328-32. Abstract
  6. Glatstein M, Danino D, Wolyniez I, Scolnik D. Seizures caused by ingestion of Atropa belladonna in a homeopathic medicine in a previously well infant: case report and review of the literature. Am J Ther. 2014 Abstract
  7. Smith V. Evidence for homeopathy in childbirth. Pract Midwife. 2013 Abstract
  8. [No authors listed] Do not use drugs to prevent onset of lactation. Relieve the discomfort and wait. Prescrire Int. 2013 Abstract
  9. [No authors listed] Homeopathy: still no evidence of efficacy. Prescrire Int. 2012 Abstract
  10. Posadzki P, Alotaibi A, Ernst E. Adverse effects of homeopathy: a systematic review of published case reports and case series. Int J Clin Pract. 2012 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  11. Simonart T, Kabagabo C, De Maertelaer V. Homoeopathic remedies in dermatology: a systematic review of controlled clinical trials. Br J Dermatol. 2011 Abstract
  12. Caulfield T, Rachul C. Supported by science?: what canadian naturopaths advertise to the public. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2011 Abstract
  13. Aviner S, Berkovitch M, Dalkian H, Braunstein R, Lomnicky Y, Schlesinger M. Use of a homeopathic preparation for "infantile colic" and an apparent life-threatening event. Pediatrics. 2010 Abstract
  14. Ernst E. [Homeopathy]. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2010 Abstract
  15. Cuesta Laso LR, Alfonso Galán MT. Possible dangers for patients using homeopathy: may a homeopathic medicinal product contain active substances that are not homeopathic dilutions? Med Law. 2007 Abstract
  16. Shang A, Huwiler-Müntener K, Nartey L, Jüni P, Dörig S, Sterne JA, Pewsner D, Egger M. Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy. Lancet. 2005 Abstract
  17. Chakraborti D, Mukherjee SC, Saha KC, Chowdhury UK, Rahman MM, Sengupta MK. Arsenic toxicity from homeopathic treatment. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 2003 Abstract
  18. Malik IA, Gopalan S. Use of CAM results in delay in seeking medical advice for breast cancer. Eur J Epidemiol. 2003 Abstract
  19. Audicana M, Bernedo N, Gonzalez I, Muñoz D, Fernández E, Gastaminza G. An unusual case of baboon syndrome due to mercury present in a homeopathic medicine. Contact Dermatitis. 2001 Abstract
  20. Allaire AD, Moos MK, Wells SR. Complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy: a survey of North Carolina certified nurse-midwives. Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Abstract
  21. Dantas F, Rampes H. Do homeopathic medicines provoke adverse effects? A systematic review. Br Homeopath J. 2000 Abstract
  22. Montoya-Cabrera MA, Rubio-Rodríguez S, Velázquez-Gonzalez E, Avila Montoya S. [Mercury poisoning caused by a homeopathic drug]. Gac Med Mex. 1991 Abstract

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