Last update Sept. 29, 2023
Very Low Risk
Zinc in topical administration (cutaneous or oral hygiene).
As an astringent and skin protector, zinc sulfate, zinc carbonate and zinc oxide (alone or associated with ferric oxide, forming calamine) are used topically on the skin. Widely used for skin protection of the diaper area in infants. Zinc acetate with erythromycin is used in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Zinc sulfate is also used in eye drops. Zinc citrate, zinc lactate and zinc chloride are used in mouthwashes and other oral hygiene preparations.
Because of the small dose used and poor absorption into plasma of most topical dermatological preparations, excretion into breastmilk in significant amount appears to be unlikely.
Do not apply on the breast to prevent infant ingestion; otherwise, wash it off thoroughly with water before the next breast feed.
We do not have alternatives for Zinc (topical administration) 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 Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine - 2006 of United States of America
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