Clinical studies on amoxicillin and breastfeeding show that the drug passes through breast milk. However, this does not appear to be dangerous for most women and their infants, as the antibiotic can be given directly even to very young infants. Before taking amoxicillin, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about any potential risks, just to be safe.
Is Amoxicillin Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
Amoxicillin (Amoxil®) passes through breast milk in humans, although it is generally safe for use in breastfeeding women. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking amoxicillin.
Taking Amoxicillin While Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Studies have shown that amoxicillin passes through breast milk. However, this does not seem to be a problem for most women or their infants. Remember, amoxicillin can be given directly even to very young infants. There are a few potential problems, though. Like all antibiotics, amoxicillin can disrupt the normal "good" bacteria, which can lead to diarrhea, thrush, or other problems. It is possible that this could occur in an infant exposed to amoxicillin through breast milk. Also, amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic and could cause allergic reactions in infants who are allergic to penicillin.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Amoxicillin and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about amoxicillin and breastfeeding. 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 about amoxicillin and breastfeeding that is right for you. In general, amoxicillin is considered safe for women who are breastfeeding and for their infants.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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