Povidone Iodine Solution Breastfeeding
For most of the drugs advantages of taking medications overweighs the potential risks however some drugs could be really dangerous for breastfed baby hence every medication shall be considered separately. In this page we will discuss about purpose of Povidone Iodine Solution and its risk associated with lactation. We will also discuss the usage of Povidone Iodine Solution and some common side effects associated with Povidone Iodine Solution.

What is Povidone Iodine Solution used for?

to treat minor skin cuts and abrasions

Brief: Topical solution usp swab to prevent infection

Is Povidone Iodine Solution usage safe while breastfeeding? If a lactating mother is using it can there be any effect on growth or development of infant?

Povidone Iodine Solution high risk while breastfeeding
As Povidone Iodine Solution is made of only Povidone-iodine, and Povidone-iodine is unsafe to use in breastfeeding we can safely reach on conclusion that Povidone Iodine Solution is also unsafe to use while breastfeeding. Below is detailed analysis of Povidone-iodine and Povidone Iodine Solution during location. We recommend you to go through provided detailed analysis as below take decision accordingly. We also recommend you talk to your health care provider before making final decision.

Povidone Iodine Solution Breastfeeding Analsys

Povidone-iodine while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 25655-41-8

The use of povidone-iodine in the mother near term and during breastfeeding increases breastmilk iodine levels and can cause transient hypothyroidism in breastfed infants, especially in geographic areas that are iodine deficient. Maternal exposure to povidone-iodine near term can sometimes interfere with thyroid studies done as a part of newborn screening tests. Although iodine from povidone-iodine is minimally absorbed through intact adult skin, exposure of mothers who are or will be breastfeeding to povidone-iodine should be minimized by using lower concentrations of povidone-iodine, applying it to the smallest possible surface areas of the body, shortening contact time, and avoiding repeated applications. Iodine absorption can be extensive with vaginal use; avoid douching with povidone iodine or use of iodine-containing tampons during breastfeeding.

Povidone Iodine Solution Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

Povidone-iodine and Breastfeeding


Is Povidone Iodine Solution safe while breastfeeding

What should I do if I am breastfeeding mother and I am already exposed to Povidone Iodine Solution?

We have already established that Povidone Iodine Solution is unsafe in breastfeeding and breastfeeding while using Povidone Iodine Solution is not a good idea however if have already used and then breastfed the baby then you shall monitor the behavior and health of baby closely and inform your doctor as soon as possible. In case of emergency please call 911.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Povidone Iodine Solution, is it safe?

If your doctor knows that you are breastfeeding mother and still prescribes Povidone Iodine Solution then there must be good reason for that as Povidone Iodine Solution is considered unsafe, It usually happens when doctor finds that overall advantage of taking outweighs the overall risk.

If I am using Povidone Iodine Solution, will my baby need extra monitoring?

Yes, Extra monitoring is required if mother is using Povidone Iodine Solution and breastfeeding as it is considered unsafe for baby.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Povidone Iodine Solution in breastfeeding?

National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week