Lutein and Breastfeeding

Although lutein passes through breast milk, it is generally considered safe to use in normal amounts while breastfeeding. Lutein is a naturally occurring substance and is a normal and healthy component of the diet. Women who are nursing, however, should not consume more than 7 mg to 12 mg each day through dietary means.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Lutein?

Lutein is a naturally occurring carotenoid (a type of pigment) found in most living things. Although it is readily available through a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, the product is also available in dietary supplements. At normal dosages, lutein is probably safe for use while breastfeeding.

Important Information on Lutein and Breastfeeding

Lutein passes through breast milk. However, this should not be a cause for concern because this substance is a normal, healthy component of the diet. Whether consumed through the diet or taken as a dietary supplement, lutein appears to be safe for use during breastfeeding.
It is unknown whether high doses (higher than might normally be consumed through a normal diet) are also safe. The high end of normal for intake through the diet is about 7 mg to 12 mg per day.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and lutein with your healthcare provider. 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 that is right for you.
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