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No information is currently available on the safety of combining taurine and breastfeeding. Although taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid, it does not automatically mean that supplementation is safe. The taurine found in supplements may not be exactly the same as that produced naturally in the human body, or the amount of taurine in supplements may be too high. Therefore, women may want to avoid taurine supplements while breastfeeding.

An Overview of Taurine and Breastfeeding

Taurine is an amino acid that passes through breast milk. Although it is found in many foods, taurine is produced naturally by the human body and is also available in dietary supplements and energy drinks. It is not known if taurine supplementation is safe for women who are breastfeeding. Until more information is available, it is probably a good idea to avoid taurine supplements while breastfeeding.

Is Taurine Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

At this time, there is no information available to suggest that taurine supplements are either safe or unsafe for use while breastfeeding. Taurine is an important component of breast milk. In fact, taurine is often included in infant formulas, as infants have an underdeveloped ability to make taurine on their own.
Logically, it makes sense that taurine supplements would be perfectly safe for women who are breastfeeding, as taurine is just an amino acid that is found in many foods (and produced naturally by the human body). However, this may not be the case. Just because a normal dietary intake of taurine through food is safe, it cannot be assumed that taking taurine supplements is equally as safe. Perhaps the higher levels due to supplementation could cause problems, or the taurine in supplements may be slightly different from the taurine found in foods. Or, it is possible that taurine supplements could contain contaminants or other ingredients that are not safe for breastfeeding women. Until more information is available, it is probably wise to wait until after weaning your child to try taurine supplements.
At this time, there is no proven benefit for taking taurine during breastfeeding. Most breastfeeding women are capable of producing plenty of taurine, and this amino acid can also be found in protein-rich foods.
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