Before using Elestrin, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about the potential risks. The medication is known to pass through breast milk, although these amounts are generally too low to cause significant problems in a nursing child. The main concern with Elestrin and breastfeeding is that the estrogen in the medication can reduce the quantity and quality of breast milk.
Can I Use Elestrin While Breastfeeding?
Elestrin™ (estradiol gel) is a prescription hormone replacement medication used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or night sweats. As with all estrogen medications, Elestrin is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
The Problem With Elestrin and Breastfeeding
Elestrin contains estradiol, an estrogen hormone. This hormone is absorbed through the skin, enters the bloodstream, and passes through breast milk. However, it passes through breast milk in such low amounts that significant or long-lasting problems are unlikely to occur in breastfeeding infants.
The most important issue with Elestrin and breastfeeding is that the estrogen hormone in Elestrin may decrease both the quantity and the quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Elestrin and many birth control pills) are usually not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Elestrin and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Elestrin 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 Elestrin and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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