Pulmicort and Breastfeeding

Because no research has been done on Pulmicort and breastfeeding, it is not known if Pulmicort can pass through breast milk. However, because the levels of budesonide (the active ingredient in Pulmicort) in the blood are usually low, it is thought that budesonide would not likely be passed through breast milk at high enough doses to cause problems in the nursing baby.

Pulmicort and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Pulmicort® (budesonide inhalation) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma. It is not known if inhaled budesonide (the active ingredient in Pulmicort) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that Pulmicort should be used cautiously in pregnant women. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.

Pulmicort and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No research has been done to see if inhaled budesonide is passed through breast milk. Because the levels of inhaled budesonide in the blood are usually low, it is unlikely that inhaled budesonide would be passed through breast milk at high enough levels to cause problems. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Pulmicort while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Pulmicort and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Pulmicort and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect (and your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Pulmicort and breastfeeding in your particular situation. 
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