Cisplatin and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of cisplatin recommends that women should not use this chemotherapy medication while breastfeeding. Cisplatin appears to pass through breast milk in humans and may be quite toxic to infants. In most cases, the potential risks to the breastfed infant outweigh the benefits of breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Cisplatin?

At this time, it is usually recommended that women not breastfeed while taking cisplatin. Due to the possible risks to a breastfed child, the manufacturer of cisplatin advises that breastfeeding should be stopped if a woman needs to take this chemotherapy medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking cisplatin.
 

More Information on Cisplatin and Breastfeeding

Cisplatin appears to pass through breast milk in humans (two of three reports show passage of the drug into the milk). Like most chemotherapy drugs, cisplatin can be quite toxic, and an infant exposed to this medicine through breast milk could develop serious problems. In most cases, the possible risks from cisplatin to the breastfed infant outweigh the benefits of breastfeeding.
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics classifies cisplatin as "usually compatible with breastfeeding." However, this classification is based on old information, and most sources now agree that this medication is not at all compatible with breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss cisplatin 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.
 
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