Breastfeeding women are generally advised to avoid using Alora. The main concern with Alora and breastfeeding is that the estrogen hormone in the medication decreases the quality and quantity of breast milk. The hormone is also known to pass through breast milk, although these amounts are probably too low to cause major problems. Before using Alora, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers.
Can I Use Alora While Breastfeeding?
Alora® (estradiol patch) is a prescription medication typically used to treat menopause symptoms, although it is approved for various other uses as well. As an estrogen medication, Alora is not recommended for breastfeeding women. Therefore, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking Alora if you are breastfeeding or planning to start.
Effects of Alora on Breastfeeding
Estradiol, the hormone in Alora, 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 is the fact that estrogen medications often decrease the production and quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Alora) are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alora and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Alora 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about Alora and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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