Ceftazidime and Breastfeeding

If you are breastfeeding, you may have concerns about using antibiotics such as ceftazidime (Fortaz, Tazicef). Ceftazidime has been shown to pass through breast milk in small amounts, but the medication is generally considered safe for both breastfeeding women and their infants. Talk to your healthcare provider about your specific situation to determine if this product is right for you.

Is Taking Ceftazidime While Breastfeeding Safe?

Ceftazidime (Fortaz®, Tazicef®) passes through breast milk in humans. Although ceftazidime is usually considered to be compatible with breastfeeding, there are some precautions to be aware of. If you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before receiving this drug.

What Does the Research Say?

Research has demonstrated that ceftazidime passes through breast milk in relatively low amounts, which appear to be safe for infants. However, it is possible that an infant who is exposed to ceftazidime through breast milk might be at risk for thrush or for digestive upset, such as nausea or diarrhea. Mothers using ceftazidime while breastfeeding should be watchful for these potential problems.
The American Academy of Pediatrics considers ceftazidime to be compatible with breastfeeding. In many (probably most) situations, the potential risks are so small that it is not worth the hassle (and not worth potentially compromising the mother's breast milk supply) to temporarily stop breastfeeding while using ceftazidime. It may be helpful to remember that ceftazidime itself is approved for use in infants, even newborns.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and ceftazidime with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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