Last update May 4, 2022
Very Low Risk
Ampicillin is a beta-lactam antibiotic derived from penicillin used in the treatment of bacterial infections. Oral and parenteral administration every 4 to 6 hours.
Ampicillin is excreted in breast milk in clinically insignificant amounts (Rowe, 2013, Mylonas, 2011, Zhang, 1997, Fulton, 1992, Campbell 1991, Matsuda 1984), much lower than the dose used for newborns and infants. ( Chin, 2000; Reali, 2005)
No side effects have been observed in infants whose mothers were taking it except for some episodes of diarrhea or candidiasis due to altered intestinal flora. (Chin, 2000)
The possibility of transient gastroenteritis due to alteration of the intestinal flora in infants whose mothers take antibiotics should be taken into account. (Benyamini 2005, Ito 1993, Kafetzis 1981)
List of WHO essential medicines: compatible with breastfeeding. (WHO / UNICEF 2002)
We do not have alternatives for Ampicilline since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Española de Bancos de Leche Humana of Spain
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