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Breastfeeding/pumping while working around Chemo agents

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    Hello! I am a pharmacist in a cancer center. I work around chemo agents, but I do not mix the agents. I do touch chemo boxes and occasionally prepared IV bags that have chemo in them but do wear gloves. If I am working where the final chemo product in the completed IV bag is not in a clear plastic protective bag, do I need to dump this breast milk? I was not sure how much was vaporized.

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    Jennifer B,

    Dr Hale has told us that if you are following OSHA guidelines, and you are wearing all the recommended protective equipment, and the ventilation system is not broken it is safe to continue to breastfeed. The facility has to follow OSHA guidelines to provide a safe working environment for the employees. If there is an accidental spill of large amounts or if your skin is exposed directly to the chemo for prolonged periods you could call us at the InfantRisk Center (806-352-2519) with the specific chemo agent and we could advise if you need to wait to breastfeed or not.

    Sandra Lovato R.N.
    InfantRisk Center