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Isoniazid and breastfeeding



Iam currently breastfeeding my 4 month old and the doctors want me to take a drug called Isoniazid. I only now the basics about it and what the risk factors are but i was hoping maybe you could tell me more and if i should stop breastfeeding my child while on the medication


Isoniazid is an antituberculosis agent that is secreted in the breast-milk, but the literature has varying study results as to the amount the infant actually receives. Currently it is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use in breast-feeding mothers. Most references suggest that the infant be closely monitored for liver toxicity and neuritis. Any time you take a medication and are breast-feeding it is essential to let your child`s health care provider know that you are taking this medication.

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Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati