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Mupirocin and Breastfeeding

Because very little of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, women who are breastfeeding can use mupirocin (Bactroban) without fear of harming their child. If possible, the medication should not be applied to the nipples; if that is not possible, the nipples should be cleaned prior to breastfeeding. Women who are uncertain if mupirocin is safe should discuss the matter with their healthcare provider.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Mupirocin?

It is unknown if mupirocin (Bactroban®) passes through breast milk, although this medication is usually considered to pose a low risk to the nursing child. If you are breastfeeding or are thinking about it, it is a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.

Mupirocin and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No studies have been done to see if mupirocin passes through breast milk. However, this may be an unimportant point, since very little (if any) of the medication is absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream, where it must pass before it enters breast milk. As a result, a mother's use of mupirocin is not thought to pose much risk (if any) to the nursing child.
Of course, do not apply the medication to the nipples (if you must, clean the medication from the nipples before feeding your child).
Interestingly, one small study has suggested that mupirocin is probably not helpful for treating sore, cracked nipples.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and mupirocin 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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