Lactated Ringers while Breastfeeding
It is a well known fact that breastfeeding is best source of nutrition for infants. Breast milk provides minerals, vitamins and antibodies in most acceptable format when they need it. Nutrition taken by mother passes to breast-milk and same thing applies to medicines taken by mothers. Not all drugs cause problem for baby but some do. Lets analyze if Lactated Ringers is safe for baby while breastfed.

What is Lactated Ringers used for?

Lactated Ringer’s Irrigation is indicated for all general irrigation, washing and rinsing purposes which permit use of a sterile, nonpyrogenic electrolyte solution.

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

Lactated Ringers safe for breastfeeding
It was not easy to analyze Lactated Ringers as it is made by 4 ingredients listed as Sodium chloride, Sodium lactate, Potassium chloride, Calcium chloride.What we have done here is, we have analyzed each of 4 ingredients individually one by one. Based on our analysis of all 4 active ingredients we have concluded that Lactated Ringers is safe in breastfeeding. Below in same page we have listed the summery of all 4 ingredients and you may go through it for better understanding of Lactated Ringers in breastfeeding.

Lactated Ringers Breastfeeding Analsys

Sodium chloride while Breastfeeding


CAS Number: 7647-14-5

Sodium chloride either as cooking salt, or, as oral rehydration solution, or, as IV fluid, is entirely compatible with BF.

Sodium lactate while Breastfeeding


CAS Number: 72-17-3

It is a constituent of IV and dialysis fluids. No problem with BF has been reported.

Potassium chloride while Breastfeeding


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.

Calcium chloride while Breastfeeding


Various calcium salts (Acetate, Carbonate, Chloride, Citrate, Phosphate, Gluceptate, Glucobionato, Lactate, Laxctobionato Pidolate, Silicate) are used in the management of hypocalcemia, supplements for treating calcium deficiency states and antacids ( Carbonate and Silicate) Daily requirement of calcium during lactation are 1 g (1.3 g in children under 20 years).Calcium supplements in the diet does not affect the concentration of calcium in milk.Excessive intake of calcium is not good for health. During lactation, consumption of calcium should not exceed 2.5 g a day. WHO List of Essential Medicines 2002 states that it is compatible with breastfeeding.

Is Lactated Ringers safe while breastfeeding

What should I do if already breastfed my kid after using Lactated Ringers?

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 Lactated Ringers and have used it then do not panic as Lactated Ringers 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 Lactated Ringers, is it safe?

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

If I am using Lactated Ringers, will my baby need extra monitoring?

No extra baby monitoring required while mother is using Lactated Ringers

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Lactated Ringers 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