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Clinical studies on Bentyl (dicyclomine) and breastfeeding show that the medication passes through breast milk. Since Bentyl has been reported to cause serious side effects when given directly to young infants, it is believed that the same problems may occur if an infant is exposed to the drug through breast milk. Before using Bentyl, breastfeeding women should seek their healthcare provider's approval.

Is Bentyl Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

Bentyl® (dicyclomine hydrochloride) passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, breastfeeding women should not take this drug.

What Does the Research Say About Bentyl and Breastfeeding?

Research indicates that Bentyl passes through breast milk. It is contraindicated in breastfeeding women. This means that women who are nursing should not take the drug under any circumstances. The medication has been reported to cause serious side effects (and sometimes death) when given directly to infants, and it is thought that similar problems could occur due to exposure through breast milk. There has been one report of breathing difficulties in an infant whose mother took Bentyl. Also, the medication may decrease the supply of breast milk.

Discussing Bentyl and Breastfeeding With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Bentyl 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 Bentyl and breastfeeding that is right for you. However, according to the manufacturer, breastfeeding women should never take this drug.
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