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Women who are considering taking Cefzil (cefprozil) while breastfeeding should be aware that this drug does pass through breast milk. However, the amounts that pass through are so low that it is generally considered safe to breastfeed during treatment. When using this antibiotic while nursing, watch for potential side effects in your child, such as thrush, nausea, or diarrhea.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Cefzil?

Cefzil® (cefprozil) passes through breast milk in humans. As with all cephalosporin antibiotics, while Cefzil is usually considered compatible with breastfeeding, there are some precautions to consider. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug.

More Information on Cefzil and Breastfeeding

Research has demonstrated that Cefzil passes through breast milk in low amounts. This amount appears to be safe for infants. However, it is possible that an infant who is exposed to Cefzil through breast milk might be at risk for thrush or digestive upset, such as nausea or diarrhea. Mothers who take Cefzil while breastfeeding should watch for these potential problems.
In many situations, the potential risks are so small that it is not worth the hassle or the risk of potentially compromising the mother's breast milk supply to temporarily stop breastfeeding while taking Cefzil.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Cefzil use 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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