Our expert says:
Congratulations on the birth of the baby. I am personally not in favour of slimming pills and potions as they cost a lot of money, cause negative side-effects and do not always produce the desired result. Check on the product your wife intends using to see if it contains ephedrine or pseudo-epinephrine or synephrine, which can be can be potentially harmful. These components can cause a long list of negative side-effects (dependence, addiction, tremors, insomnia, palpitations, irritability, psychotic reactions). These products have been banned in many countries because of their negative side-effects, which include addiction and dependence. It is also vital that your wife should NOT take any medications, including over-the-counter diet pills, when she is breast feeding as the active ingredients can harm the baby. Rather persuade her to use a low-fat high-fibre diet and plenty of regular exercise to lose the weight without harming her health.
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