Studies on Delestrogen (estradiol valerate) and breastfeeding show that the estrogen in the medication does pass through breast milk. Although these amounts are probably too low to cause significant or long-lasting problems in breastfed infants, they may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. Before taking Delestrogen, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers.
Can I Use Delestrogen While Breastfeeding?
Delestrogen® (estradiol valerate) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. It contains an estrogen (estradiol) in a long-acting injection. As with all estrogen medications, Delestrogen is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Problems With Breastfeeding and Delestrogen
Estradiol, the hormone in Delestrogen, 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 breastfed 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 Delestrogen) are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Delestrogen and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Delestrogen 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 Delestrogen and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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