Echinacea is a herb derived from the roots, stem, leaves and flower of the Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower) plant. It is generally considered to be safe for nursing mothers, although there is limited information on its use while breastfeeding. A study found that some components of echinacea were present in breast milk after a person who was breastfeeding took echinacea tablets, but it is not known if or how these components would affect a nursing child. If you suspect that your baby has any symptoms (such as an upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, rash, or allergic reactions), contact your child's healthcare provider. Be sure to discuss all your questions about breastfeeding with your healthcare provider before taking echinacea.
Taking echinacea while breastfeeding is only recommended when advised by an expert.