Kratom and breastfeeding are two words that we do not often see in one sentence. How does kratom affect the quality of a mother’s breast milk? And more importantly, does it affect the child’s health?
For a mother, very few things matter more than the health of her child. That is especially so during the first few years of a child’s life when they are very delicate. It is one of the reasons so many mothers choose to breastfeed their babies.
As all mothers would tell you, your health while you are breastfeeding is truly crucial. Now more than ever, you should be very mindful of what you eat and drink. Not only will the quality and quantity of your breast milk be affected, but ultimately the health of your child who depends on the liquid gold you are feeding her.
Aside from the food you eat and beverages you drink, you should also take extra care when taking medications and supplements. After all, you don’t want to take anything that could be potentially toxic to your baby.
When you check online ‘mom’ forums, one topic that you would probably come across is about whether or not it is possible to take kratom while breastfeeding. It is indeed a topic that is worth discussing. To understand it better, though, you need to know more about kratom and how it works.
Kratom products come from the Mitragyna Speciosa plant which grows in Southeast Asia. For many centuries, it has been used by Asians to relax and achieve relief from stress, chronic pains, and anxiety, among others.
Kratom comes in various strains that offer different benefits as well. You will find strains that are relaxing, some are analgesic, while others are stimulating.
This wonder herb is able to provide incredible effects thanks to the combination of alkaloids present in the kratom leaf.
Some alkaloids like the 7-hydroxy Mitragynine and Mitragynine work on the Opiate receptors found in the body’s nervous system, causing stimulation.
Alkaloids also suppress the pain pathway by producing endorphins and enkephalins. Dopamine and serotonin levels also rise, making the person taking kratom to feel really happy and even euphoric.
Some kratom strains also enhance cognitive abilities.
Here are the common alkaloid contents of kratom:
Often, breastfeeding mothers who take kratom do so because they have been using this herb even before they got pregnant and it has become a part of their lives.
There are those who lose a lot of blood during labor and suffer from Sheehan’s syndrome or hypopituitarism and find relief from Kratom.
Others start taking kratom after giving birth to cope with postpartum blues and stress.
The reasons may vary, but the most important question remains the same – Is using kratom and breastfeeding at the same time safe for your baby?
If the basis would be the alkaloid chemistry of the kratom plant, you can expect that there would be traces of 7-hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine that would be transferred to your child.
The problem is that it is very little to no actual study conducted to really know whether or not kratom is safe during breastfeeding. Therefore, it is highly suggested that until there are concrete studies, you should take a pause in taking kratom while you breastfeed your baby. Know also, that kratom products are yet to be regulated by the DEA and the FDA.
If you are pregnant or lactating and have been taking kratom, it is suggested that you visit your doctor and let him or her know about it. Your physician should be able to help you gradually wean off the kratom product you are taking.
How About All Those Statements From Other Moms Taking Kratom?
You’ll see on some forums that there are mothers who continuously use kratom during pregnancy and lactation and their children are healthy. The thing is, you can’t really tell if that would be your case as well.
It is just better to be on the safe side especially because we’re talking about your child’s health. Nothing, not even the amazing benefits of kratom is worth risking your child’s well-being. For now, kratom and breastfeeding should not go together.
You might want to check out this article regarding kratom and breastfeeding: https://www.infantrisk.com/content/kratom