In studies on nifedipine and breastfeeding, the drug was shown to pass through breast milk in small amounts. Although the manufacturer recommends that women avoid the drug while breastfeeding, many sources believe that it is okay. If your healthcare provider prescribes nifedipine and you are breastfeeding, watch for any changes or side effects in your child.
Nifedipine and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Nifedipine is passed through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of the drug does not recommend that nifedipine be used in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Nifedipine and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Nifedipine is passed through breast milk in low amounts. In documented cases of women using the drug during breastfeeding, no harmful effects were seen in the infants. Many sources report that nifedipine is probably compatible with breastfeeding, although the full risks are unknown.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Nifedipine and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about nifedipine and breastfeeding. 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 nifedipine and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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