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It is generally considered safe to breastfeed if you use glucagon. The benefits of this potentially lifesaving drug almost always outweigh the risks. In addition, glucagon is unlikely to pass through breast milk; even if it does, the medicine would be broken down by the infant's digestive tract before it could be absorbed.
Is It Safe to Use Glucagon While Breastfeeding?At this time, it is not known if glucagon passes through breast milk. However, it is generally considered safe for use while breastfeeding. Nonetheless, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before using glucagon.
- Glucagon occurs naturally in the human body
- Glucagon is a large polypeptide molecule that is unlikely to pass through breast milk
- Glucagon is quickly used or destroyed by the body (it has a very short half-life), which means that it is unlikely to build up in breast milk
- Glucagon would be broken down by the digestive tract of the infant before it had a chance to be absorbed.