Cutivate Lotion and Breastfeeding
Talk to your healthcare provider before using Cutivate Lotion (fluticasone propionate lotion) while breastfeeding. It is unknown if the medicine passes through breast milk. However, because it is applied to the skin, it is not expected that large amounts would be passed to a nursing baby. Also, this lotion should not be used to treat a diaper rash.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Cutivate Lotion?Cutivate Lotion® (fluticasone propionate lotion) is a skin medication used to treat atopic dermatitis in people 1 year of age and older. At this time, it is unknown if Cutivate Lotion passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.
More Information on Cutivate Lotion and BreastfeedingNo research has been done to see if Cutivate Lotion passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Fortunately, even when steroids are taken by mouth or by injection, only a small amount passes through breast milk. This implies that topical use of steroids, which are applied directly on the skin, would probably result in very tiny amounts (if any) passing through breast milk, although this is not known for sure.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with areas where the medicine has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the medication by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying it near or on the nipple; if this is not possible, make sure to completely remove the medicine before nursing your baby.
Because Cutivate Lotion is usually effective for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. Never apply this or any other medication prescribed for yourself on a diaper rash without first checking with your healthcare provider. Young children are more likely to absorb a dangerously high amount of the medication, especially when it is applied to broken skin (like a diaper rash) and particularly when the area is covered, such as by a diaper. Cutivate Lotion is not approved to treat diaper rash.