Augmentin XR and Breastfeeding
Although one of the ingredients in Augmentin XR (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium XR) has been shown to pass through breast milk, the benefits are generally believed to outweigh the risks. However, every woman's situation is different, so be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking Augmentin XR.
Is Augmentin XR Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
Augmentin XR® (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium XR) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat pneumonia and sinus infections. Amoxicillin, one of the components of Augmentin XR, passes through breast milk, but it is not known if clavulanate potassium, the other component, passes through as well.
The manufacturer recommends using this drug with caution in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, make sure to let your healthcare provider know before taking Augmentin XR.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Augmentin XR
Amoxicillin passes through breast milk, but it is usually considered safe for most breastfeeding women. Even though it is unknown if clavulanate potassium passes through breast milk, many healthcare providers also consider it safe for most breastfeeding women.
If your healthcare provider recommends that you take Augmentin XR while breastfeeding, there are a few things to watch for in your infant. Be sure to watch for any diarrhea (one of the most common Augmentin XR side effects) or for allergic reactions, since your infant may be allergic to penicillin medications (including amoxicillin), even if you are not.
Talking With Your Healthcare ProviderYou should discuss breastfeeding and Augmentin XR 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. In general, Augmentin XR is considered safe for nursing women and their infants.