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Research on Enjuvia and breastfeeding has shown that the hormones in this medication do pass through breast milk. Although these hormones pass through breast milk in low amounts and will probably not cause significant problems in a breastfed infant, they may still decrease the quality and quantity of breast milk. Therefore, women are typically advised to avoid taking Enjuvia and breastfeeding at the same time.

Is Enjuvia During Breastfeeding Safe?

Enjuvia® (conjugated estrogens) is a prescription medication used for menopause treatment. As with all estrogen medications, Enjuvia is usually not recommended for women who are breastfeeding, as it can pass through breast milk and may decrease the quality and quantity of breast milk. Therefore, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking Enjuvia if you are breastfeeding (or planning to breastfeed).

What Does the Research Say About Enjuvia and Breastfeeding?

Research suggests that the estrogen hormones in Enjuvia pass through breast milk in small amounts. However, the amounts of the hormones that pass through breast milk are probably too low to cause significant or long-lasting problems in breastfed infants.
More importantly, the estrogen hormones in Enjuvia may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Enjuvia, other hormone replacement medications, and many birth control pills) are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Enjuvia and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Enjuvia 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 Enjuvia and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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