Last update Dec. 8, 2017
Very Low Risk
High potency topical steroid.
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.
Because of a low absorption through skin, 0.1 - 3% (Dermik 2010, Novag 1998), significant excretion into breast milk is unlikely.
Whenever a treatment for nipple eczema or dermatitis is required the lowest potency steroid compound should be used (hydrocortisone). It should be applied right after the feed to make sure it has disappeared before the next nursing occurs. Otherwise, wipe cream out with a clean gauze.
Do not continuously use for longer than a week. Reportedly, a case of mineral-steroid toxicity has occurred due to continuous use of cream on the nipple (De Stefano 1983).
It is advisable to avoid the application to the nipple of creams, gels and other topical products containing paraffin (mineral oil) so that the infant does not absorb them (Concin 2008, Noti 2003).
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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