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Since not much is known about DIM (diindolylmethane) and breastfeeding, it is generally recommended to avoid using this supplement if you are breastfeeding. The dietary supplement may cause hormonal changes, which could theoretically affect the quality and quantity of breastfeeding or cause problems in a nursing infant. Before using DIM, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about the potential risks.

DIM While Breastfeeding: Is It Safe?

DIM (diindolylmethane) is a compound produced when certain vegetables are digested in the stomach. It is also available as a dietary supplement. At this time, it is not known if DIM supplementation is safe for use in breastfeeding women. Until more information is available, it is probably a good idea to avoid DIM if you are breastfeeding.
 
Almost nothing is known about the safety of DIM during breastfeeding. Theoretically, DIM may affect the quantity and quality of breast milk or cause problems in an infant, since it might cause hormonal changes (especially changes with estrogen). Since the risks are not entirely known, it is usually recommended that this supplement should not be taken by breastfeeding women. A normal dietary intake of DIM (through foods) is considered to be safe for breastfeeding women.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About DIM and Breastfeeding

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