Before taking Augmentin, breastfeeding women should ask their healthcare providers about the possible risks. At least one of the components passes through breast milk, and it is not known for sure whether the drug would cause harm to a nursing child. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Augmentin while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any diarrhea or allergic reactions in your child.
Augmentin and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Augmentin® (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium) is a prescription antibiotic. Amoxicillin (one of the components) passes through breast milk, but it is not known whether clavulanate potassium (the other component) does. The manufacturer of Augmentin recommends that the medication be used cautiously in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Augmentin and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Amoxicillin passes through breast milk, but is usually considered safe for most breastfeeding women. Even though it is not known whether clavulanate potassium passes through breast milk, many healthcare providers also consider it safe for most breastfeeding women. If your healthcare provider recommends that you take Augmentin while breastfeeding, there are a few things to watch for in your infant. Be sure to watch for any diarrhea (one of the most common Augmentin side effects) or allergic reactions, since your infant may be allergic to penicillin medications (including amoxicillin), even if you are not.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Augmentin and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Augmentin 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 Augmentin and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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