Can I Use Depo-Estradiol While Breastfeeding?
-Estradiol (estradiol cypionate
) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. As an estrogen medication, Depo-Estradiol
is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking Depo-Estradiol if you are breastfeeding (or planning to start breastfeeding).
Effects of Depo-Estradiol on Breastfeeding
Estradiol, the hormone in Depo-Estradiol, passes through breast milk in humans. However, it passes through breast milk in amounts that are probably too low to cause significant or long-lasting problems in nursing infants.
Of greater concern, estrogen medications often decrease the production and quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Depo-Estradiol) are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Depo-Estradiol and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Depo-Estradiol and breastfeeding. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Depo-Estradiol and breastfeeding that is right for you.