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According to the manufacturer, women should not use carboplatin while breastfeeding. Although it is not known if this drug passes through breast milk, the possible risks to the nursing infant outweigh the benefits of breastfeeding. Before using this medication, breastfeeding women should ask their healthcare provider about the potential risks.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Carboplatin?

In general, it is recommended that women not breastfeed while taking the chemotherapy drug carboplatin. Due to the possible risks to a nursing child, the manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding be stopped if a woman needs to take this medication. Therefore if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking carboplatin.

Important Information on Carboplatin and Breastfeeding

Currently, no research has been done to see if carboplatin passes through breast milk in humans. However, based on the chemical structure of the medication, it is likely to pass through breast milk.
Like most chemotherapy drugs, carboplatin can be quite toxic, and an infant exposed to this medication through breast milk could develop serious problems. In most cases, the possible risks to the nursing infant outweigh the benefits of breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and carboplatin 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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