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Lantus and Breastfeeding

Although no studies have been done on Lantus (insulin glargine) and breastfeeding, many healthcare providers are comfortable recommending the medication to women who are breastfeeding. If Lantus does pass through breast milk to a nursing infant, it isn't likely to cause any problems, as the insulin would be destroyed in the baby's digestive tract (which is why insulin cannot be taken by mouth).

Lantus and Breastfeeding: An Overview

At this time, it is not known if Lantus® (insulin glargine) passes through breast milk. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Lantus if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.
 

Can I Take Lantus While Breastfeeding?

No studies have been done to see if Lantus passes through breast milk. However, even if it does pass through breast milk, it would be destroyed in the digestive tract of the infant (this is why insulin cannot be taken by mouth). Many healthcare providers are comfortable recommending Lantus to women who are breastfeeding.
 
It is important to remember that breastfeeding may affect your insulin requirements, and your healthcare provider may need to adjust your Lantus dosage accordingly.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Lantus and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Lantus 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 about Lantus and breastfeeding that is right for you.
 
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