Last update: Oct. 27, 2014
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
Excreted into breast milk in non-significant amount with no problems reported in breastfed infants whose mothers were treated at a daily dose as high as 10 mg for a long time period. At a daily dose of 60 mg used for treatment of Herpes or Gestational Pemphigus no harm effects on breastfed infants have been reported.
On long term treatments it would be advisable to wait for 3 - 4 hours until the next nurse to minimize the transfer of drug to breast milk.
At high doses, intra-articular treatment with other steroid drugs (Methylprednisolone, Triamcinolone) have transiently affected milk production. Steroids administered before delivery may delay initiation of phase II of Lactogenesis ("milk come in") and decrease milk production in the first postpartum week.
Decreased production has been seen while taking Dexametasone.
Steroid drugs are commonly used for Pediatric treatment with no side effects when infrequently used and for short-time periods.
The American Academy of Pediatrics rates it compatible with breastfeeding.
WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (2002) rates it compatible with breastfeeding
We do not have alternatives for Prednisone 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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