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Veltin and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done on breastfeeding and Veltin (clindamycin/tretinoin gel). Due to this lack of information, researchers do not know if the medication passes through breast milk, and therefore cannot predict what problems could occur. If your healthcare provider recommends Veltin, try to avoid getting the gel on the skin around the breast or nipple.

Is Veltin Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

At this time, it is unknown if Veltin™ (clindamycin/tretinoin gel) is safe for use while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using this drug.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Veltin

No research has been done to see if Veltin 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. It is known that clindamycin (one of the active ingredients in Veltin) does pass through breast milk when taken by mouth or intravenously (by IV) and has been reported to cause rare problems in nursing infants (see Clindamycin and Breastfeeding).
 
If your healthcare provider recommends that you use Veltin while breastfeeding, it is best to avoid applying the drug anywhere around the breast or nipple, since the infant might be directly exposed to the medication. Also, it is a good idea to try to limit direct skin-to-skin contact with areas of the skin where Veltin has been applied.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Veltin 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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