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Sylatron and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of Sylatron recommends that breastfeeding women not use this drug, as it is unknown if the medicine passes through human breast milk or if it would harm a nursing infant. Before recommending this drug to a woman who is nursing, a healthcare provider must weigh the benefits and the potential risks.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Sylatron?

Sylatron™ (peginterferon alfa-2b) is a prescription medication approved for treating malignant melanoma. The manufacturer of the drug does not recommend that women use it while breastfeeding, due to the unknown risks. Therefore, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider if you are using Sylatron and are breastfeeding or thinking of starting.

More Information on Sylatron and Breastfeeding

No studies have been conducted on whether Sylatron passes through breast milk in humans. However, other similar interferon medications have been shown to pass though breast milk.
Notably, Sylatron is a delicate protein that cannot be taken by mouth. Instead, it must be given as an injection, as the digestive system would destroy the protein. Therefore, even if Sylatron passes through breast milk, it would probably be destroyed by the infant's digestive system.
However, because no studies have been performed, it is impossible to predict exactly what effects (if any) Sylatron may cause in a nursing infant.
You and your healthcare provider must consider the benefits of using the medication in your particular situation, the benefits of breastfeeding for your baby, and Sylatron's unknown risks to your baby.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Sylatron use with your healthcare provider. 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.
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