Last update: Oct. 9, 2016
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.
Non-hormonal vaginal lubricants are basically compounded by water or oil, either natural or mineral, or silicone. They may contain water, vegetable oils, glycerin, silicone, citric acid, polyethylene glycol (PEG), polypropylene glycol (PPG) and other products. Make sure that they are licensed and devoid of non-toxic products, since their vaginal absorption may be significant with excretion to mother's blood without any previous metabolization.
Non-hormonal lubricants (creams, gels or eggs) intended to treat a possible dryness of vagina due to hypoestrogenism during lactation, diabetes, after treatment for breast or gynecologic cancer are preferred than the use of topical estrogen-containing products, since a prolonged use might theoretically decrease the breastmilk production if highly absorbed.
Lubricants, in order to avoid any harm to the vaginal mucosa and the health of women, must meet some requirements, among which are included: ideal osmolarity should be less of 380 mOsm / Kg (by no means over 1,200 mOsm / Kg: less than 9% of glycols), pH 4.5, should neither contain spermicides (nonoxynol-9) ,nor drugs (eg anesthetics), nor herbal products, nor polyquaternary compounds, nor products that may alter the wholeness of condoms (WHO / UNFPA / FHI 2012).
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.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Española de Bancos de Leche Humana from Spain
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