Alsuma and Breastfeeding
The manufacturer of Alsuma recommends that women who are nursing use this medication with caution, as it is known to pass through human breast milk. Although some healthcare providers consider Alsuma safe for use while breastfeeding, make sure to discuss your treatment options to determine whether this drug is the most appropriate one for you.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Alsuma?Alsuma™ (sumatriptan) passes through human breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women use Alsuma with caution. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication.
Postpartum migraines (migraines that occur after childbirth) are quite common and are likely due to the abrupt drop in hormones right after childbirth. There is no reason to suffer unnecessarily, especially while trying to care for a newborn. If you experience migraines after childbirth, do not hesitate to call your healthcare provider and ask about treatment options. Depending on your situation, Alsuma might be an appropriate option for you.
More Information on Alsuma and BreastfeedingResearch has shown that sumatriptan (the active ingredient in Alsuma) passes through breast milk in humans in low amounts. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) lists this medication as being compatible with breastfeeding.
Although some sources recommend that women avoid breastfeeding for eight hours after a dose of this medication, other sources state that this precaution is probably unnecessary except with premature infants.
Talking With Your Healthcare ProviderYou should discuss breastfeeding and Alsuma use 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.