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It is not known if taking pregnenolone and breastfeeding at the same time is safe. Because pregnenolone is a hormone, it is possible that it may affect the quantity and quality of breast milk, or may cause problems in a nursing infant. Due to the possible risks, most healthcare providers recommend that women avoid pregnenolone supplements while breastfeeding.

Pregnenolone and Breastfeeding: Is It Safe?

Pregnenolone is a hormone. It is produced naturally by the human body and is also available as a dietary supplement that is promoted for a wide variety of uses. It is not known if pregnenolone is safe for use in women who are breastfeeding. Until more information is available, it is probably a good idea to avoid pregnenolone if you are breastfeeding a child.
 
Pregnenolone itself is a hormone and is used by the body to make other hormones (including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). Theoretically, it is possible that pregnenolone may affect the quantity and quality of breast milk, or may cause problems in an infant. However, almost nothing is known about the safety of pregnenolone during breastfeeding. Because the risks are entirely unknown, it is usually recommended that women avoid this supplement while breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Pregnenolone and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about pregnenolone 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 pregnenolone and breastfeeding in your particular situation. However, most healthcare providers recommend against taking pregnenolone while breastfeeding.
 
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