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Neosporin and Breastfeeding

If you use Neosporin correctly, very little of the active ingredients is absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream, so very little would likely be passed through breast milk. However, you should avoid using this medication directly on or near the nipple to avoid exposing your infant to it. Before using Neosporin, breastfeeding women should consult with their healthcare provider about potential risks.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Neosporin?

Neosporin® first aid products are probably safe for use during breastfeeding. However, you should avoid using these products on or near the nipples, unless your healthcare provider specifically suggests that you do so.

Important Information on Neosporin and Breastfeeding

With normal use, very little of the active ingredients in Neosporin are absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream; therefore, very little, if any, would likely be passed through the breast milk.
As a precaution, it is probably best to avoid applying Neosporin to the breast or nipple, as the infant might be directly exposed to the medication. If you are dealing with sore, cracked nipples, other products, such as lanolin products specifically designed for such use, are more appropriate.
If you think that you may have a nipple or breast infection, you should see your healthcare provider instead of trying to self-treat the problem at home.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss Neosporin and breastfeeding 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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