Last update: Oct. 15, 2016
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.
Second-generation cephalosporins for injection or parenteral administration.
At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk were found.
Pharmacokinetic data (short half-life span) make unlikely the milk passage of significant amounts into breast milk.
Their low oral bioavailability hinders the passage from ingested milk to the infant’s plasma except in preterm babies and immediate neonatal period, when they may exhibit an increased intestinal permeability.
Most cephalosporins are excreted into milk in insignificant amounts from a therapeutic point of view without reported complications in infants.
Cephalosporins are widely used in the Pediatric practice with a good tolerance, even in the neonatal period, so it is very unlikely that in small amounts through milk would be a cause of problems in the infant.
Be aware of the possibility of false negative results of cultures in febrile infants whose mothers are taking antibiotics as well as the possibility of gastroenteritis (Ito 1993) by altering the intestinal flora.
We do not have alternatives for Cefamandole since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.
Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.
Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.