Oxycodone and Breastfeeding

Oxycodone does pass through breast milk and can potentially cause serious problems for a breastfed infant. Some sources suggest that it is probably okay to use oxycodone to relieve pain after childbirth, but that the medication should be limited once the mother's milk comes in. Women who are breastfeeding should ask their healthcare providers oxycodone and its potential risks.

Is Taking Oxycodone While Breastfeeding Safe?

Oxycodone hydrochloride passes through breast milk and has the potential to cause serious problems for a breastfed baby. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking oxycodone.
 

What Does the Research Say?

Oxycodone passes through breast milk. There seems to be a large variation in how much oxycodone passes through breast milk in different women. There has been one case of an infant death possibly related to oxycodone use in the breastfeeding mother.
 
Some sources suggest that it is probably okay to give oxycodone for pain relief after childbirth, but that the medication should be limited once the mother's milk "comes in." Other sources suggest that occasional doses of oxycodone probably present minimal risk to a breastfed infant. Either way, if your healthcare provider recommends that you take this drug while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any changes (such as increased drowsiness, difficulty breathing, or limpness) in your infant and seek immediate medical attention if necessary.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Oxycodone

You should talk with your healthcare provider about taking this medication while breastfeeding. 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 about breastfeeding and oxycodone that is right for you.
 
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