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Latisse and Breastfeeding

It is not known if it is safe for women to use Latisse while breastfeeding. Research studies have shown that the active ingredient passes through breast milk in animals, but it is unclear if this would also occur in humans. Before using this medication, breastfeeding women should ask their healthcare providers about the potential risks.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Latisse?

Currently, it is unknown if Latisse® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) is safe for use in breastfeeding women. If you are nursing a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Latisse.

What Does the Research Say About Latisse and Breastfeeding?

No studies have been done to see if Latisse passes through breast milk in humans, and it is not known if this medication would cause any problems for breastfed children. Studies have shown that bimatoprost (the active ingredient in Latisse) passes through breast milk in laboratory animals.
However, it is important to understand that very little of the medication is likely to reach the mother's bloodstream and, therefore, even less is expected to reach the breast milk. Thus, it is highly unlikely that the nursing infant would be exposed to a significant amount of Latisse through breast milk.
If your healthcare provider recommends Latisse while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any possible side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Latisse 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.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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