Although the manufacturer of Lovenox (enoxaparin) recommends that women avoid this medication while nursing, it is generally considered safe to use Lovenox while breastfeeding. Even if the medication passed through breast milk, it is thought that it would be destroyed in the digestive tract of the infant. Also, Lovenox is commonly given to women after birth to help prevent blood clots from forming.
Is Taking Lovenox While Breastfeeding Safe?
At this time, it is unknown if Lovenox® (enoxaparin sodium) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Lovenox recommends that women not take this medication while breastfeeding. However, this product is generally considered safe for use while breastfeeding.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Lovenox
At this time, no studies have been done to see if Lovenox passes through breast milk in humans. However, the chemical properties of the drug make it very unlikely to pass through breast milk. Additionally, any Lovenox that did make it through breast milk would most likely be destroyed (and therefore inactivated) in the digestive tract of the infant -- this is why the drug cannot be taken by mouth.
Most sources consider Lovenox to be compatible with breastfeeding. Lovenox is commonly given to women (who used the drug during pregnancy) for a period of time after giving birth, as women are at a high risk for developing blood clots after delivery. No special precautions or monitoring of the infant is recommended.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Lovenox. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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