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Altabax and Breastfeeding

Because no research has been done on Altabax (retapamulin) and breastfeeding, it is not known if the medication passes through breast milk. Very little of the ointment is actually absorbed into the bloodstream; thus, very little would likely be passed through breast milk. However, you may want to avoid applying the ointment to the breast or nipple, where the infant might be directly exposed to the drug.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Altabax?

At this time, it is unknown if Altabax® (retapamulin) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking this medication.

Altabax and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No research has been done to see if Altabax passes through breast milk. However, with normal use, very little of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream; therefore very little, if any, would likely be passed through breast milk.
However, potential problems cannot yet be ruled out. As a precaution, it is probably best to avoid applying Altabax to the breast or nipple, as the infant might be directly exposed to the medication.
It is worthwhile to mention that this medication is approved for use in infants as young as nine months of age. It is not approved for younger babies because it has not been studied in that age group yet.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Altabax 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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