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Maca- Lepidium meyenii and breastfeeding

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  • Maca- Lepidium meyenii and breastfeeding

    I have a nursing mom (induced lactation for adopted daughter) who wants to start Maca for libido. I can only find a reference in the 2006 Natural Medicines database stating there is insufficient reliable evidence for it's use. Anyone with more information?

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    Hi, thanks for your post.

    We have no information in our database regarding Maca root, nor do we have any anecdotes from our call center at any point in the last 4 years. There are no published studies exploring Maca's safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. There is one small study from 2008 (cited below) suggesting that high-dose Maca root is effective in relieving the sexual side effects of SSRIs.

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    Dording CM, Fisher L, Papakostas G, et al. A double-blind, randomized, pilot dose-finding study of maca root (L. meyenii) for the management of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. CNS neuroscience & therapeutics. Fall 2008;14(3):182-191.