Because it is not known if Librium passes through breast milk, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking Librium and breastfeeding at the same time. It is thought that the medication does pass through breast milk, but no studies have confirmed this. If you do decide to breastfeed while taking Librium, be sure to watch for any side effects (such as extreme drowsiness and poor feeding) in your nursing infant.
An Overview of Librium and Breastfeeding
Currently, it is not known if Librium® (chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride) passes through breast milk. If it does pass through breast milk, it could cause problems in a breastfed infant. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Librium and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
No studies have been done to see if Librium passes through breast milk in humans. However, due to its chemical structure, Librium is likely to pass through breast milk. Also, Librium is a benzodiazepine, and other similar benzodiazepine medications pass through breast milk. If Librium does pass though breast milk, it could cause serious problems, such as extreme drowsiness and poor feeding in the breastfed infant. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Librium while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Librium and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Librium 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 Librium and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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