Last update: Nov. 9, 2014
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
The high molecular weight of both standard or non-fractionated Heparin, and, so-called low molecular weight Heparin makes excretion into breast milk extremely difficult. Dalteparin has been shown not to be excreted into breast milk .
In addition, Heparins are inactivated in the GE tract where they are not absorbed which is reason to have a nil oral bioavailability.
Absence of anti-clotting activity in breastfed infants has been shown after treatment of the mother with Enoxaparin.
Risk of Heparin-induced Thrombocytopenia or Osteoporosis in the mother is lower with low weight Heparins.
Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs 2002: Compatible with breastfeeding.
We do not have alternatives for Heparin 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.
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