Sucralfate and Breastfeeding

Although no clinical studies have been done on breastfeeding and sucralfate (Carafate), it is not likely that the medication would pass through breast milk. This is because very little (if any) of the medication is absorbed from the mother's digestive tract to the rest of the body. However, before breastfeeding, women should talk to their healthcare provider about the potential risks.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Sucralfate?

At this time, it is unknown if sucralfate (Carafate®) passes through breast milk in humans. However, most sources consider this medication safe for use during breastfeeding in most situations. Nonetheless, you should still check with your healthcare provider before taking sucralfate while breastfeeding.

Important Information on Sucralfate and Breastfeeding

Although no studies have been done to see if sucralfate passes through breast milk, it is unexpected that this medication would have any effect on the breastfed child. Very little sucralfate is absorbed from the mother's digestive tract to the rest of the body, so it is unlikely that much (if any) of the medication would even reach the breast milk.
Many healthcare providers feel comfortable with the use of sucralfate during breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and sucralfate 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.
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