Lovaza and Breastfeeding

Since no research has been conducted on Lovaza (omega-3-acid ethyl esters) and breastfeeding, it is not known if the drug passes through breast milk. DHA (a component of Lovaza) is often recommended for breastfeeding women, but the high doses found in Lovaza may not be safe for infants if passed through breast milk. Before using Lovaza, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers first.

Is Lovaza Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not clear if Lovaza® (omega-3-acid ethyl esters) passes through breast milk. Therefore, be sure to ask your healthcare provider about the possible risks and benefits before taking Lovaza while breastfeeding.

What Does the Research Say?

No research has been done to see if Lovaza passes through breast milk. Similarly, it is not known if Lovaza would cause any problems if it passes through breast milk. Although DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid that is one of the active ingredients in Lovaza) is often recommended as a dietary supplement for breastfeeding women and is often included in infant formulas, it is not known if high doses (such as those found in Lovaza) are safe for infants.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Lovaza and breastfeeding. 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 about Lovaza and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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