Are you pregnant or trying to get pregnant while taking the immune suppressant steroid Prednisone? There is so much you need to be thinking about right now, wondering if you will able to breastfeed after the baby is born is just another consideration that needs to be investigated.
Is it safe to breastfeed my baby while I am taking Prednisone?
1. The Quick Answer – Yes.
2. The Real Answer – There is a very big difference between a drug being ‘SAFE’ and and drug being ‘GOOD’ for you and your baby. Just because a drug is classified as safe, should I still take it? There is a very big difference between something being proven to be good for you and scientists not being able to prove it’s bad for you.
Just because it is ‘safe’ should I do it? –
Though many drugs are quite safe for a mother to take while nursing her child there are several agents for which ‘safety’ during breast-feeding is not well-defined and may be a risk to the infant. What is safe for one person may not be safe for another. Prednisone, according to every medical doctor I have talked to, is safe to consume while pregnant and breast feeding. There is evidence that a small amount of the drug can pass through the breast milk and into the blood stream of the feeding child, an amount small enough for doctors to consider the drug safe. However, I found the contributions of MotherRisk.org quite relevant to this discussion. ‘Even if only a small amount of the drug were to be excreted into the milk, the inherently toxic nature of these medications warrants caution with their use.’