Lyrica and Breastfeeding

Animal studies suggest that taking Lyrica while breastfeeding can increase the risk of tumors; therefore, the manufacturer of the drug does not recommend taking Lyrica while breastfeeding. If you are taking Lyrica and breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider. Together, you can make a decision that is right for your particular situation.

An Overview of Lyrica and Breastfeeding

It is not known if Lyrica® (pregabalin) passes through breast milk. Because of the serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant if Lyrica is passed through breast milk, Pfizer, Inc. (the manufacturer of Lyrica) does not recommend that women breastfeed while taking Lyrica. Therefore, if you have been prescribed Lyrica and are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
 

What Does the Research Say About Lyrica and Breastfeeding?

While it is not known if Lyrica passes through breast milk in humans, Lyrica does pass through breast milk in rats. It is also not known if taking Lyrica while breastfeeding would cause problems for the breastfed infant. Because animal studies suggest that Lyrica can increase the risk of tumors, the manufacture of Lyrica does not recommend taking Lyrica while breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Lyrica while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Lyrica and Breastfeeding

It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about Lyrica and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Lyrica and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
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