The hormone in Minivelle does pass through breast milk. Although only a small amount of the hormone passes through, it can decrease the quality and quantity of breast milk. If you want to use Minivelle while breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks and benefits.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Minivelle?
Minivelle™ (estradiol patch) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. As an estrogen product, it is not recommended for use in women who are nursing. Therefore, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before using Minivelle while breastfeeding.
More Information on Minivelle and Breastfeeding
Estradiol, the hormone in Minivelle, passes through breast milk. However, it passes through in amounts that are probably too low to cause significant or long-lasting problems in nursing infants.
Of greater concern, estrogen medications can decrease the quantity and quality of breast milk. It is for this reason that estrogen-containing medications, including Minivelle, are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss Minivelle and breastfeeding with your healthcare provider. 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 that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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