Afrin and Breastfeeding

No research has been done on breastfeeding and Afrin, so it is not known whether this medication passes through breast milk. Although it makes sense that a nasal spray would be safer to use than an oral medication (as less medication would reach the bloodstream), studies need to be done to confirm this claim. Before using the drug, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare provider.

Is Using Afrin While Breastfeeding Safe?

Afrin® (oxymetazoline nasal spray) is a non-prescription decongestant nasal spray used to treat congestion due to allergies or other problems. At this time, it is unknown if Afrin passes through breast milk in humans. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.

What Does the Research Say?

No studies have been done to see if oxymetazoline (the active ingredient in Afrin) passes through breast milk in humans. It makes sense that it would be safer to use a nasal spray decongestant than one that is taken by mouth, as less of the medication reaches the bloodstream when used as a nasal spray. However, more research is necessary to make sure that this assumption is true.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Afrin

You should talk with your healthcare provider about this issue. 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 about Afrin and breastfeeding that is right for you
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