Last update: May 4, 2019
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.
Short-acting Benzodiazepine drug. Indications: anxiety, insomnia.
Oral administration 1 to 3 times a day.
Excretion into breast milk is non-significant (Lemmer 2007, Summerfield 1985, Whitelaw 1981). No harmful effects on breastfed infants have appeared at a normal dose (Kelly 2012, Johnstone 1982, Whitelaw 1981).
The occasional use and low doses of benzodiazepines are compatible with breastfeeding (Kelly 2012, Rubin 2004, Iqbal 2002, Hägg 2000, McElhatton 1994, Lee 1993, Kanto 1982).
It is advisable to choose a short-acting benzodiazepine and minimal effective dose as possible (Rowe 2013), especially in the neonatal period and in case of prematurity because they can accumulate in the infant during chronic use (Sachs 2013).
It is advisable to monitor drowsiness and adequate feeding of the infant.
It is not recommended to share a bed (co-sleeping, bed-sharing) with the baby if this drug is being taken, due to increased risk of asphyxia or sudden infant death (UNICEF 2018, 2017, 2014 and 2013, Landa 2012, ABM 2008, UNICEF 2006).
We do not have alternatives for Lorazepam since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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