Can You Take Ozempic While Breastfeeding

Can You Take Ozempic While Breastfeeding: Things to Know

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 – Updated July 19, 2022
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Ozempic is a new obesity drug helping you control hunger and food cravings.

Breastfeeding is a natural process with proven physical or psychological health benefits for both the baby and mother. And, naturally, every mother worries when she has to take medication at this time.

Many questions arise. Is it safe to take Ozempic while breastfeeding and make subcutaneous injections once a week? Should I stop breastfeeding?

Here’s what the manufacturer says:

  • There is no information on whether Semaglutide gets into the milk and, if so, how much.
  • Breastfeeding mothers shouldn’t use Ozempic obesity injections.
  • Consult your doctor if you breastfeed or plan to do so.

So, you can consider the issue of Ozempic and breastfeeding safety only theoretically. Why? When they wrote this article, there was no clinical information available on this issue.

Important points:

  1. Due to their structure, Semaglutide has a VERY high molecular weight (over 4,000 daltons) and binds quickly to proteins. Big mass and size mean that the substance poorly penetrates tissues, organs, and body fluids.
  2. When you take Semaglutide orally, including when dissolved in liquid, its absorption in the stomach is VERY low. For example, when taking Semaglutide tablets (up to 14 mg daily), only 1% of the drug gets into the blood.

In other words, little Semaglutide can get into the milk. And only a tiny amount of the drug gets in the baby’s blood from the milk.

However, until more research results are available, you shouldn’t use Ozempic while breastfeeding.

What is the danger of Ozempic while breastfeeding

Human clinical studies confirm the safe taking of any appetite suppressant. Pregnant, breastfeeding women and children don’t participate in these studies. It is difficult to say what will happen if Semaglutide gets into the blood of a baby, but we can assume that it can:

  • Change insulin secretion.
  • Decrease appetite.
  • Cause gastrointestinal disorders or other side effects.

Conclusion

While breastfeeding, women should be very careful about what medications they take. The reason is that active substances get into breast milk and reach low or high concentrations.

Supposedly, Ozempic doesn’t get or poorly get into the milk. The effect of the drug on the baby is unknown and is unlikely to be known. The baby’s health is above all, so you should not put him at unnecessary risk.

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