Chondroitin and Breastfeeding

It is not clear if chondroitin is safe while breastfeeding. It is a "natural" product, but this does not mean the supplement is automatically safe for use while breastfeeding (many poisons and toxins are also "natural" products). Because the risks of using chondroitin while breastfeeding are unknown, it is best for women to avoid this supplement until they have weaned their child.

Is Chondroitin Safe While Breastfeeding?

Chondroitin is a dietary supplement. It is popular in combination with glucosamine as a treatment for osteoarthritis. At this time, it is not known if chondroitin supplementation is safe for use in women who are breastfeeding.
Although chondroitin appears to be relatively safe for most people, it has not been adequately studied in breastfeeding women (or even in children), and it is entirely unknown if it might have a negative effect on a young child.
Because the risks are currently unknown, it is probably a good idea for a breastfeeding woman to wait on taking chondroitin until the child has been weaned.
It is important to understand that it cannot be assumed that all natural products are safe for women who are breastfeeding. In fact, many poisons and toxins are "natural" products. Just because chondroitin is a natural product, it does not necessarily mean it is safe for use while breastfeeding.

Discussing Breastfeeding and Chondroitin With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about chondroitin and breastfeeding. 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about chondroitin and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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