The primary concern with Menostar and breastfeeding is that the hormone in the medication has been shown to decrease the quality and quantity of breast milk. Although it passes through breast milk, these amounts are probably too low to cause serious problems in an infant. Before using Menostar, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about these potential risks.
Can I Use Menostar While Breastfeeding?
Menostar® (estradiol patch) is an estrogen medication. Because of their negative effects on breastfeeding, estrogen medications (including Menostar) are not recommended for use in breastfeeding women. Therefore, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking Menostar if you are breastfeeding.
Problems With Menostar and Breastfeeding
Estradiol, the hormone in Menostar, 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.
Of greater concern is the fact that estrogen medications have been shown to decrease both the quality and quantity of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications (including Menostar) are usually not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Menostar and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Menostar 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 Menostar and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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