It is unknown if Differin (adapalene) is harmful for breastfed infants, or even if it passes through human breast milk. However, because very little of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is unlikely that the medication would be passed through breast milk. Before using Differin, nursing women should talk to their healthcare provider about any potential risks.
Can I Use Differin While Breastfeeding?
At this time, it is unknown if Differin® (adapalene) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using Differin.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Differin
No research has been done to see if Differin passes through breast milk. However, with normal use, very little of the medication is absorbed (and therefore very little, if any, would likely be passed through breast milk).
However, potential problems cannot yet be ruled out. As a precaution, it is probably best to avoid applying Differin to the breast or nipple, as the infant might be directly exposed to the medication. Also, try to limit direct skin-to-skin contact with areas of the skin where Differin has been applied.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Differin 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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Differin 3% Gel [package insert]. Fort Worth, TX: Galderma Laboratories, L.P.;2007 June.
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