Due to the estrogen component of Climara, breastfeeding women are advised to avoid this medication. Not only does the hormone pass through breast milk, but it may also decrease the production and quality of the breast milk. Before using Climara, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about the potential risks.
Can I Use Climara While Breastfeeding?
Climara® (estradiol patch) is a prescription medication that is most often used to treat menopause symptoms (although it is approved for a few other uses as well). It is not recommended for breastfeeding women. Therefore, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking Climara if you are breastfeeding.
Problems With Climara and Breastfeeding
Research suggests that estradiol, the hormone in Climara, passes through breast milk. However, it passes through breast milk in amounts that are probably too low to cause significant or long-lasting problems in breastfeeding infants.
More importantly, the estrogen hormones in Climara may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Climara and many birth control pills) are usually not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Climara and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Climara 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 Climara and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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