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Colyte and Breastfeeding

Although it can't be said with absolute certainty that colyte is safe to use while breastfeeding, the risk of problems appears to be low. It is not expected to be absorbed into the blood, so there is doubt as to whether colyte would pass through breast milk to a nursing infant. As with any medication, consult your doctor about using this product if you are breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Colyte?

colyte® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription medication approved to cleanse the bowel before a colonoscopy or barium enema x-ray examination. It is unknown whether colyte passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this product.

What Does the Research Say About Colyte and Breastfeeding?

No research has been done to see if colyte passes through breast milk. colyte is not expected to be absorbed into the blood after normal use, so it is unlikely that the medication would reach the breast milk and pass to an infant. However, because colyte has not been studied in breastfeeding women or infants, every potential problem cannot yet be ruled out.
If you require bowel cleansing prior to an intestinal procedure while you are breastfeeding, your healthcare provider may recommend colyte in the absence of safer alternatives.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and colyte 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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