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Levemir and Breastfeeding

Because no studies have been done on Levemir (insulin detemir) and breastfeeding, it is not known if this medication passes through breast milk. However, based on the chemical structure of Levemir, this medication is unlikely to pass through breast milk. If you are taking Levemir and breastfeeding (or planning on it), talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits first.

Levemir and Breastfeeding: An Overview

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

Can I Take Levemir While Breastfeeding?

No studies have been done to see if Levemir passes through breast milk. However, based on the chemical structure of the drug, it is unlikely to pass through breast milk. Many healthcare providers are comfortable recommending Levemir 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 Levemir dosage accordingly.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Levemir and Breastfeeding

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