Garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the onion family (onion, shallots, leeks, chives) – family Alliaceae – all of them have culinary uses and some are more medicinal e.g. garlic. Historically it was not common in England until recent times. Before the discovery of antibiotics, after World War I, garlic was a major feature of medical treatments. In recent times, garlic has been demonstrated to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

If you ate garlic during your pregnancy, then baby has already been exposed to it, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t eat it whilst breastfeeding. Check the associated health benefits and use it medicinally if you choose to. I have found Kyolic garlic capsules helpful in early blocked ducts to prevent mastitis (with manual drainage) – it is a fermented garlic, which in the laboratory tests, activated macrophages and neutrophils- which are helpful if there is any inflammation in the breast.