American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical experts exclusively recommend to breastfeed the baby for first 6 months. Once you introduce baby to other foods it is recommended to breastfeed for at least first year of babys life. Taking medication while breastfeeding could be tricky as most drugs pass in breast milk. In this article we will evaluate Potassium Chloride Liquid for its safety in breastfeeding.
What is Potassium Chloride Liquid used for?
For the treatment of patients with hypokalemia, with or without metabolic alkalosis; in digitalis intoxication; and in patients with hypokalemic familial periodic paralysis. If hypokalemia is the result of diuretic therapy, consideration should be given to the use of the lower dose of a diuretic, which may be sufficient without leading to hypokalemia. For the prevention of hypokalemia in patients who would be at particular risk if hyperkalemia were to develop e.g., digitalized patients or patients with significant cardiac arrhythmias. The use of potassium salts in patients receiving diuretics for uncomplicated essential hypertension is often unnecessary when such patients have a normal dietary pattern and when low doses of the diuretic are used. Serum potassium should be checked periodically, however, and if hypokalemia occurs, dietary supplementation with potassium-containing foods may be adequate to control milder cases. In more severe cases, and if dose adjustment of the diuretic is ineffective or unwarranted supplementation with potassium salts may be indicated.
I am breastfeeding mother and I am using Potassium Chloride Liquid. Can it have any bad effect on my kid? Shall I search for better alternative?
Active ingredient in Potassium Chloride Liquid is Potassium chloride and based on our analysis of Potassium chloride it appears that using Potassium Chloride Liquid is safe in breastfeeding. Below is analysis of Potassium chloride while breastfeeding.
Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers The normal potassium content of human milk is about 13 mEq per liter. Since oral potassium becomes part of the body potassium pool, so long as body potassium is not excessive, the contribution of potassium chloride supplementation should have little or no effect on the level in human milk.
Potassium Chloride Liquid Breastfeeding Analsys
Potassium chloride while Breastfeeding Safe
CAS Number: 7447-40-7
Human milk has a potassium concentration of 13 meq/L, almost a half of rehydration solution content and a quarter of maximal IV recommended dose. Potassium supplementation does not alter milk concentration without increasing mother’s serum concentration, which is strictly limited from 3,5 to 5,5 meq/L.
I already used Potassium Chloride Liquid and meanwhile I breastfed my baby should I be concerned?
It is always a good idea to keep your healthcare provider or doctor informed about your drug usage during pregnancy and breastfeeding but if you have not informed your doctor about Potassium Chloride Liquid and have used it then do not panic as Potassium Chloride Liquid is mostly safe in breastfeeding and should not cause any harm to your baby.
I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Potassium Chloride Liquid, is it safe?
Definitely, Potassium Chloride Liquid is safe in lactation for baby. No wonder your doctor has recommended it.
If I am using Potassium Chloride Liquid, will my baby need extra monitoring?
No extra baby monitoring required while mother is using Potassium Chloride Liquid
Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Potassium Chloride Liquid 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