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Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream and Breastfeeding

It is unknown if triamcinolone acetonide cream (Kenalog cream) passes through breast milk. However, when steroids are taken by mouth, only small amounts have been shown to pass through breast milk. Because this medicine comes in the form of a cream that is applied on the skin, it is unlikely that large enough amounts of triamcinolone acetonide cream would be passed to a breastfeeding baby.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream?

Triamcinolone acetonide cream (Kenalog® cream) is a topical cream used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. At this time, it is unknown if triamcinolone acetonide cream passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using triamcinolone acetonide cream.
 

More Information on Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if triamcinolone acetonide cream passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Reassuringly, 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 (for areas where the cream has been applied) should be avoided, to prevent exposing the baby to the cream by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying it near or on the nipple; if this is not possible, make sure to completely remove the cream before nursing your baby.
 
Because this cream 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).
 
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