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Summary of Use during Lactation:

Jasmine (Jasminum spp.) flowers contain a variety of chemicals, although none have been identified with specific pharmacologic activity. In India (ayurvedic medicine), jasmine has been used to suppress lactation, and one published study found that jasmine leaves applied to the breasts suppressed postpartum lactation as effectively as oral bromocriptine.[1][2][3] However, the study was not of high quality. No data exist on the excretion of any components of jasmine into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of jasmine in nursing mothers or infants. Jasmine is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) as a food ingredient by the US Food and Drug Administration. Occasional allergic reactions to jasmine have been reported. It is unlikely typical jasmine intake, such as drinking small amounts of jasmine tea, would be harmful during nursing.

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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.

Possible Effects on Lactation:

A nonrandomized, unblinded study compared the daily topical application of jasmine (Jasminum sambac) flowers to the breasts to oral bromocriptine 2.5 mg three times a day to suppress lactation in postpartum women in India. At the end of 72 hours, almost all women in both groups had their lactation suppressed, although the women in the bromocriptine group had lower serum prolactin levels than those in the jasmine group.[2] Because of the lack of a placebo group, it is not possible to tell if the jasmine flowers had any effect beyond merely the lack of nipple stimulation.


1. Acharya SR. "Jasmine--the lactifuge". J Assoc Physicians India. 1987;35:543-4. PMID:3429440
2. Shrivastav P, George K, Balasubramaniam N et al. Suppression of puerperal lactation using jasmine flowers (Jasminum sambac). Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1988;28:68-71. PMID:3214386
3. Amuthavalluvan V, Devarapalli J. Indigenous knowledge and health seeking behavior among Kattunayakan: a tribe in transition . Glob J Human Soc Sci. 2011;11.

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Scientific Name:

Jasminum grandiflorum Jasminum officinale Jasminum sambac

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Drug Class:

  • Complementary Therapies

  • Phytotherapy

  • Plants, Medicinal

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