Kalydeco and Breastfeeding
No research has been done to determine if Kalydeco (ivacaftor) would pass through human breast milk, or if it would be harmful to a nursing infant. However, studies have shown that this drug does pass through breast milk in rats. To help ensure the safest treatment possible, it's a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before using Kalydeco while breastfeeding.
Can Breastfeeding Women Take Kalydeco?Kalydeco™ (ivacaftor) is a prescription cystic fibrosis medication. At this time, it is unknown if the drug passes through breast milk. Therefore, make sure to ask your healthcare provider about the possible risks and benefits before taking Kalydeco while nursing.
More Information About Kalydeco and BreastfeedingResearch has shown that Kalydeco passes through breast milk in rats. However, it is unknown whether the drug would pass through breast milk in humans, or if it would cause any problems in a nursing infant. Before deciding to breastfeed while taking Kalydeco, make sure to discuss this with your healthcare provider as well as your child's healthcare provider. Also, be on the lookout for any possible Kalydeco side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare ProviderYou should discuss breastfeeding and Kalydeco 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.