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Elderberry Syrup, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: What's the Deal?



Moms to be and new moms are always looking for ways to stay healthy, boost their immune system, and keep their babies safe from illness, especially today! I was a brand new mom twice (going on my third) and I know firsthand how anxious new moms may feel. Whether our babies are inside us or out, we want to do everything we can to protect them and us from getting sick.


When I was pregnant with my first, I decided I wanted to breastfeed my children as long as my body was able to. Breastfeeding is challenging and varies so much from child to child, from week to week, and from mother to mother. Both pregnancy and breastfeeding experiences are so unique, special, and challenging in their own ways. The antibodies and benefits the baby receives through breastmilk has always been so fascinating to me. When my daughter was just 7 days old my son came down with the flu and she never caught it. It is incredible to me that my milk was able to help keep her healthy!



What about using elderberry syrup when I am pregnant or breastfeeding?


This is a question we get a lot and unfortunately, when it comes to breastfeeding, pregnancy, and elderberry syrup, there isn’t too much information easily available which leaves us moms wondering what to do. Since information on elderberry, pregnancy, and breastfeeding is limited, I always recommend that moms reach out to their healthcare providers when considering using our product. Each practitioner is different and may advise differently according to the patient, their health, their previous experience, etc.


Getting extra antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients through natural and simple food sources can have a positive impact on our immune systems and health. I was very pleased that when it came to my personal pregnancies and breastfeeding journeys, all of my midwives, doctors, lactation consultants and pediatricians encouraged the use of elderberry syrup. During pregnancy and postpartum, using safe and effective natural remedies, food sources, and supplements always felt like the best option for keeping my body strong.



Any decisions we make for our bodies are very personal. With the approval of my health care providers, I chose to use continue the use of elderberry syrup during my pregnancies and breastfeeding journeys mainly because:


  • Elderberry has been used for centuries as a natural remedy

  • I like the way the elderberry syrup makes me feel, the energy it gives me, and the health benefits

  • Elderberries are a great source for antioxidants, vitamins, and keeping the immune system strong

  • I rarely get sick when using elderberry syrup regularly, I honestly cannot remember the last time I was sick.

  • I trust the source and individual ingredients in our syrup and I, personally, am comfortable taking these ingredients while pregnant and breastfeeding

  • Our elderberry syrup is not concentrated and does not contain harmful additives, artificial ingredients, artificial colors, etc.

  • Elderberry Syrup is not associated with reduced milk supply (some herbs CAN reduce supply, so ALWAYS research before trying a new remedy!)

  • Though information on either side is limited, there are no studies suggesting elderberries have adverse/negative effects during pregnancy

  • Elderberry has been classified as “generally safe” for lactating moms



The benefits of Elderberry Syrup continue to amaze me. Every time I read a new study or article, I am more and more grateful for this special little berry nature has provided us with! Elderberry syrup has helped keep my family stay strong and healthy for over 3 years now and I am so thankful that I decided to embark on this journey.




Disclaimer: I am a MOM, NOT a medical professional. We always advise you to consult with a medical professional with questions and concerns regarding the use of elderberry during pregnancy and breastfeeding. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and should not be taken as medical advice.




https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK501835/#:~:text=Summary%20of%20Use%20during%20Lactation&text=%5B1%5D%20Elderberry%20is%20most%20often,in%20nursing%20mothers%20or%20infants.

https://www.sdbfc.com/blog/2014/2/20/treating-cold-and-flu-symptoms-while-breastfeeding

https://www.momjunction.com/articles/is-elderberry-safe-during-pregnancy_00376880/


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