Pataday and Breastfeeding
It is currently unknown whether it is safe for breastfeeding women to use Pataday. Problems are not likely to occur, however, because the medication is an eyedrop and very little of it actually reaches the bloodstream. If you are using Pataday and breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your infant in case the drug does pass through breast milk.
At this time, it is unknown if Pataday™ (olopatadine ophthalmic solution) is safe to use while breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug. The manufacturer recommends that Pataday be used with caution in women who are nursing.
When given by mouth, the active ingredient in Pataday passed through breast milk in rats. No studies have been done to see if Pataday passes through breast milk in humans.
It is important to understand that Pataday is an eyedrop and very little of the medication actually reaches the bloodstream. Based on this information, it is unlikely that a significant amount of the drug would reach the breast milk. However, the possibility of problems cannot be entirely eliminated, since this medication has never been studied in breastfeeding women. If your healthcare provider recommends Pataday while you are breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child, such as drowsiness or irritability.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Pataday. 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.