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Humulin 70/30 and Breastfeeding

Since no studies have been performed on breastfeeding and Humulin 70/30, it is not known whether the medication passes through breast milk. Even if it does pass through breast milk, however, it would likely be destroyed in the digestive tract of the infant. Before using this medication, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about any potential risks.

An Overview of Humulin 70/30 and Breastfeeding

It is unclear if Humulin® 70/30 (NPH insulin/regular insulin) passes through breast milk. However, this medication is not predicted to cause problems when used during breastfeeding. You should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Humulin 70/30 (or any other insulin) if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, since breastfeeding can affect your insulin requirements. You need to have a clear plan in place for how to deal with the challenges of safely controlling your blood sugar while breastfeeding.

Can I Take Humulin 70/30 While Breastfeeding?

Most healthcare providers consider insulins (including Humulin 70/30) to be safe for breastfeeding women. While no studies have been done to see if Humulin 70/30 passes through breast milk in humans, this probably does not matter. Even if it does pass through breast milk, it would likely be destroyed in the digestive tract of the infant. Insulin (including Humulin 70/30) is a protein that is digested and inactivated when taken by mouth. This is why insulin cannot be taken by mouth but must be injected. Although young infants can sometimes absorb proteins that adults cannot (due to their immature immune systems), this is probably not significant enough to cause any real problems.
It is important to expect that breastfeeding can affect your blood sugar and your insulin requirements. Make sure you and your healthcare provider have a plan for safely controlling your blood sugar while breastfeeding. You may need to test your blood sugar more frequently than you have in the past.
The most significant risk to a breastfeeding woman (or to anyone, for that matter) due to the use of insulin is dangerously low blood sugar. Be sure to check your blood sugar often, and be sure you know exactly what to do if you experience low blood sugar.
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