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Bilberry

Last Revision: December 3, 2018.

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CASRN: 84082-34-8

Drug Levels and Effects

Summary of Use during Lactation

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) fruit contains tannins and anthocyanidins. Bilberry is most often used for eye disorders. Bilberry was reportedly used as a European folk medicine to stop milk flow. No data exist on the excretion of any components of bilberry into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of bilberry in nursing mothers or infants. Bilberry preparations are generally well tolerated as a food, but should be avoided in patients allergic to bilberry, cranberry, blueberry, and other Vaccinium species. No recommendations can be made on the use of large quantities of bilberry products during breastfeeding.

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Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Bilberry

Scientific Name

Vaccinium myrtillus

CAS Registry Number

84082-34-8

Drug Class

  • Breast Feeding
  • Lactation
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants, Medicinal

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

911

Last Revision Date

20181203

Disclaimer: Information presented in this database is not meant as a substitute for professional judgment. You should consult your healthcare provider for breastfeeding advice related to your particular situation. The U.S. government does not warrant or assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information on this Site.

Bookshelf ID: NBK501825PMID: 30000885

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