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No studies have been conducted on the safety of consuming pomegranates and breastfeeding at the same time. Although a normal dietary intake of pomegranates (through food or juice) is probably safe when breastfeeding, it may not be safe to consume high amounts of pomegranates. It is typically recommended that women avoid a high intake of pomegranates while they are breastfeeding.

An Overview of Pomegranate and Breastfeeding

Consuming pomegranates in the normal amounts found in foods is probably safe for women who are breastfeeding. However, it is not known if unusually high intakes (either through food or through pomegranate extracts or supplements) are also safe. Currently, if you are interested in obtaining the possible pomegranate health benefits while breastfeeding, it is probably safest to do this by including pomegranate fruit or juice into your diet, not by taking supplements or extracts.

Is Pomegranate Safe While Breastfeeding?

It is not known if high intakes of pomegranate are safe while breastfeeding. Pomegranates are not completely free of side effects (see Pomegranate Side Effects) and drug interactions (see Pomegranate Drug Interactions). Generally, high intakes of pomegranate are not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
It is assumed that a normal dietary intake (through pomegranate fruit or juice) is probably safe, although no research has been performed to confirm this.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Pomegranate and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider before drastically increasing your intake of pomegranate (through supplements, extracts, juice, or fruit). 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about pomegranate and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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