Taxol and Breastfeeding

Although no studies have been conducted on Taxol and breast milk in humans, it is known that the drug passes through breast milk in rats. Since there are potentially dangerous side effects that may occur, women are generally advised to stop breastfeeding while taking the medication. If you are taking Taxol and breastfeeding or planning on breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about the possible risks.

Taxol and Breastfeeding: An Overview

It is not known if Taxol® (paclitaxel) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that women not breastfeed while taking the drug. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of starting, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.

Taxol and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Taxol passes through breast milk in rats. However, no studies have been done to see if the drug passes through breast milk in humans. Because Taxol can cause dangerous side effects, it is generally recommended that women stop breastfeeding while taking the medicine. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Taxol while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Taxol and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Taxol and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands 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 Taxol and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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