If you are taking Lasix and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication does pass through your breast milk. However, there have been no reports of problems in breastfeeding women or their babies. If you are prescribed Lasix, let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or plan on breastfeeding.
Lasix and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Lasix® (furosemide) does pass through the breast milk. Because of the potential serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Lasix recommends that the medication should be used with caution in breastfeeding women. Therefore, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Lasix and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
While Lasix is passed through the breast milk, there have been no reports of problems due to the use of Lasix while breastfeeding. It is thought that the drug may decrease breast milk production.
In fact, Lasix, in combination with breast binding and decreased fluid intake, has been used to suppress lactation right after delivery (lactation suppression is typically used when the mother chooses not to breastfeed or after a stillbirth or infant death).
If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take Lasix while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects or unusual changes in your baby.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Lasix and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Lasix and breastfeeding. This is because everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. Based on what you want and expect (as well as your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Lasix and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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