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Maxipime and Breastfeeding

Maxipime (cefepime) does pass through breast milk. Although only small amounts of the drug are expected to pass to a nursing infant, Maxipime may increase the risk for thrush, nausea, or diarrhea in the child. In many cases, however, it is not worth the potential of compromising the mother's supply of breast milk to temporarily stop breastfeeding while receiving this drug.

Can Breastfeeding Women Receive Maxipime?

Maxipime® (cefepime) passes through breast milk in humans. As with all cephalosporin antibiotics, while Maxipime 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 Maxipime and Breastfeeding

Research has demonstrated that Maxipime 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 digestive upset, such as nausea or diarrhea. Mothers who receive Maxipime while breastfeeding 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 Maxipime.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Maxipime 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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