Is Nifedipine Safe With Breast Feeding? I Also Have Elevated High Blood Pressure Postpartum.. It's Been 3 Mts Now Since I Gave Birth To My First Baby And My Bp Is Still High..no Prior History

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Is Nifedipine Safe With Breast Feeding? I Also Have Elevated High Blood Pressure Postpartum.. It's Been 3 Mts Now Since I Gave Birth To My First Baby And My Bp Is Still High..no Prior History

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Hi Kemmy:

Congrats on the new baby and that you are breastfeeding! Here is a link to nifedipine information provided by the manufacturer, pfizer. It was last revised in August 2011 and states as follows: "Pediatric Use: Safety and Effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established. Use in pediatric population is not recommended."

Here is information provided by drugs.com

"Nifedipine Breastfeeding Warnings

"Nifedipine is excreted into human milk. The manufacturer recommends that due to the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Data reveal the milk nifedipine concentrations represent about 5% of a therapeutic dose and pose little risk to a nursing infant. Delaying breast-feeding 3 to 4 hours after a dose significantly decreases the amount of nifedipine to which a nursing infant may potentially be exposed."

You need to discuss with your child's pediatrician if it is okay to breastfeed while taking the nifedipine. Also, I advise you to visit with your OB/GYN about the continued elevated blood pressure and if you need to see a family doctor to help manage, or if there is an appropriate time frame to wait to see if you can eventually get off the medicine.

Take care,

Tara