Safety in Lactation: Antibacterial skin preparations

Sarah Fenner, Acting Co-Director, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (Midlands site) & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory ServicePublished

Topical preparations for bacterial infections are considered to pose a negligible risk to a breastfeeding infant as long as precautions are taken to avoid contact of the breastfeeding infant with treated areas. There is no published evidence on the safe use of these topical preparations in breastfeeding.
It is advisable to remove all topical products from the breast before feeding.
When applied to the breast, the use of creams are preferred to ointments due to ease of removal before breastfeeding.