Syntocinon Injection Breastfeeding

Breast milk is superior in nutrition, It provides resistance against infections and allergies, It is naturally sterile. Despite all the advantages of breastfeeding some mothers choose to pause the breastfeeding in fear of harmful effects of medicines passing in breast milk. Are you wondering about breastfeeding and using Syntocinon Injection ? Know what is Syntocinon Injection and how it can affect your breast milk and whether Syntocinon Injection is safe for your kid or not.

What is Syntocinon Injection used for?

Important Notice Syntocinon® (oxytocin) injection is indicated for the medical rather than the elective induction of labor. Available data and information are inadequate to define the benefits to risk considerations in the use of the drug product for elective induction. Elective induction of labor is defined as the initiation of labor for convenience in an individual with a term pregnancy who is free of medical indications. Antepartum Syntocinon® (oxytocin) is indicated for the initiation or improvement of uterine contractions, where this is desirable and considered suitable, in order to achieve early vaginal delivery for fetal or maternal reasons. It is indicated for (1) induction of labor in patients with a medical indication for the initiation of labor, such as Rh problems, maternal diabetes, pre-eclampsia at or near term, when delivery is in the best interest of mother and fetus or when membranes are prematurely ruptured and delivery is indicated; (2) stimulation or reinforcement of labor, as in selected cases of uterine inertia; (3) as adjunctive therapy in the management of incomplete or inevitable abortion. In the first trimester, curettage is generally considered primary therapy. In the second trimester abortion, oxytocin infusion will often be successful in emptying the uterus. Other means of therapy, however, may be required in such cases. Postpartum Syntocinon® (oxytocin) injection is indicated to produce uterine contractions during the third stage of labor and to control postpartum bleeding or hemorrhage.

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

Syntocinon Injection safe for breastfeeding
Active ingredient in Syntocinon Injection is Oxytocin and based on our analysis of Oxytocin it appears that using Syntocinon Injection is safe in breastfeeding. Below is analysis of Oxytocin while breastfeeding.

Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers Syntocinon® (oxytocin) may be found in small quantities in mother's milk. If a patient requires the drug postpartum to control severe bleeding, she should not commence nursing until the day after Syntocinon® (oxytocin) has been discontinued.

Syntocinon Injection Breastfeeding Analsys

Oxytocin while Breastfeeding


CAS Number: 50-56-6

It stimulates the ejection reflex by intranasal dose of 12 units (6 in every nostril) before nursing or pumping. Useful at the beginning of lactation, but not recommended for longer than 2-3 weeks as it may be a source of dependency on the mother.

Syntocinon Injection Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

Oxytocin while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 50-56-6

Oxytocin is an essential lactation hormone released during breastfeeding that appears to have calming effect on the mother.[1] Administration of exogenous oxytocin to mothers having difficulty in breastfeeding has not been clearly shown to have a beneficial effect on lactation success or in the treatment of breast engorgement. It might be of benefit in women who have lost the neuronal connection between the breast and hypothalamus. Effects on the infant are unlikely when given during breastfeeding. Numerous studies suggest that oxytocin given during labor can negatively affect breastfeeding, possibly by reducing sucking behavior in the newborn in a dose-dependent manner, although study methodology and consistency has varied considerably.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] One study found that all rhythmic reflexes, the antigravity reflex, and total primitive neonatal reflexes were inhibited by intrapartum oxytocin administration, unrelated to dose, which could adversely affect breastfeeding.[14]

Syntocinon Injection and breastfeeding

What if I already have used Syntocinon Injection?

As usage of Syntocinon Injection is mostly safe while breastfeeding hence there should not be any concern. In case of any change in behavior or health of your baby you should inform your health care provider about usage of Syntocinon Injection else no further action is required.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Syntocinon Injection, is it safe?

Definitely, Syntocinon Injection is safe in lactation for baby. No wonder your doctor has recommended it.

If I am using Syntocinon Injection, will my baby need extra monitoring?

No extra baby monitoring required while mother is using Syntocinon Injection

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Syntocinon Injection 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