Alavert and Breastfeeding
Studies on breastfeeding and Alavert have shown that the medication passes through breast milk. However, it passes through in amounts that are probably too low to have any effect on a nursing baby. Many healthcare providers consider Alavert safe for women who are breastfeeding. Before taking Alavert, you should talk to your healthcare provider about any potential risks.
Breastfeeding and Alavert: An OverviewAlavert® (loratadine) passes through breast milk, although many sources consider it compatible with breastfeeding. However, to ensure the safety of your infant, it's best to talk with your healthcare provider before taking Alavert.
Is Taking Alavert While Breastfeeding Safe?Studies have shown that Alavert passes through breast milk. However, it passes through in low amounts, probably too low to have any effect on a nursing infant. Many healthcare providers consider Alavert safe for women who are breastfeeding.
Non-sedating antihistamines (including Alavert) are usually preferred for women who are breastfeeding, compared with antihistamines that can cause excessive drowsiness. If your healthcare provider recommends this drug while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Theoretically, Alavert could affect a woman's milk supply, as antihistamines can suppress prolactin (a hormone important for breast milk production). However, this is probably not an issue for women who are well established with breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider about Alavert and 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 that is right for you.