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The manufacturer of Victoza (liraglutide) does not recommend using the drug while nursing. In clinical trials, Victoza was shown to pass through breast milk in rats; thyroid tumors were also reported in animal studies. Therefore, before using Victoza while breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits of the drug for you and possible risks to your nursing child.

Is Victoza Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

At this time, it is unknown if Victoza® (liraglutide) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of the drug recommends that breastfeeding women not take Victoza. Therefore, please check with your healthcare provider (and/or your child's healthcare provider) before taking this medication while nursing.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Victoza

Victoza passes through breast milk in rats, although no studies have been done to see if the same is true in humans. It is unknown if the digestive tract of infants would be able to absorb Victoza, or whether the drug would be destroyed by the digestive tract.
Because Victoza causes thyroid tumors in laboratory animals, the manufacturer currently recommends that women not breastfeed while taking it.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss Victoza and breastfeeding 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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