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No research has been done to determine if polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution would pass through human breast milk. However, because it is not expected to be absorbed into the bloodstream, it is unlikely that this laxative would be passed to a nursing infant. However, it's still important to consult your healthcare provider if you are thinking of breastfeeding while using polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution.

Can Women Take Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution While Breastfeeding?

Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution (colyte®, GoLYTELY®, MoviPrep®, NuLYTELY®, TriLyte®) is a prescription medication licensed to empty the bowel before certain intestinal procedures, including a colonoscopy or a barium enema x-ray examination. Currently, it is unknown if this medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution

No research has been done to see if polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution passes through breast milk. Because the medication is not expected to be absorbed into the bloodstream after use, it is unlikely that it would reach the breast milk to be passed to a breastfed infant. However, because polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution has not been studied in women who are breastfeeding, every potential problem cannot yet be ruled out.
 
If you require a gastrointestinal procedure while breastfeeding, your healthcare provider may recommend this product to empty the bowel before the procedure. It is very important for the healthcare provider to have a clear image of the inside of your intestines during these types of procedures. Any stool remaining in the bowel could hide important findings.
 
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