Symbicort and Breastfeeding

Because research has shown that Symbicort does pass through breast milk, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that breastfeeding women avoid it. However, since everyone's situation is different, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about Symbicort and breastfeeding in your particular situation.

Symbicort and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Symbicort® (budesonide and formoterol) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer does not recommend that breastfeeding women take Symbicort. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of starting, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.

Symbicort and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Budesonide (one of the components of Symbicort) passes through breast milk in humans. The other component, formoterol, passes through breast milk in rats (but it is not known if the same is true for humans). However, if your healthcare provider recommends the drug while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Symbicort and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Symbicort 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), the two of you can make a shared decision about Symbicort and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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