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It is known that Claforan (cefotaxime) passes through breast milk in low amounts. Although there are some risks with using Claforan while breastfeeding, in general, it is not worth compromising the mother's breast milk supply to temporarily stop nursing to use this medicine. However, you should talk to your healthcare provider about what is most appropriate for your situation.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Claforan?

Claforan® (cefotaxime) passes through breast milk in humans. As with all cephalosporin antibiotics, while Claforan is usually considered compatible with breastfeeding, there are some precautions to consider. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.

More Information on Claforan and Breastfeeding

Research has demonstrated that Claforan passes through breast milk in low amounts. This amount appears to be safe for infants. However, it is possible that an infant who is exposed to the drug through breast milk might be at risk for thrush or for digestive upset, such as nausea or diarrhea. Mothers who receive Claforan while nursing should be watchful for these problems.
In many situations, the potential risks are so small that it is not worth the hassle or the risk of potentially compromising the mother's breast milk supply to temporarily stop breastfeeding while using Claforan. The American Academy of Pediatrics considers the drug compatible with breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Claforan use 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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