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  • Retinol Serum while breastfeeding

    Hi!! I have an 8month old, only nurse at night, but I JUST Started using topical retinol serum for melasma.. It’s only twice a day every other day for 9 days.. my pediatrician told me to stop breastfeeding but it literally makes my heart hurt not being able to feed him! I was wondering if the small amount I do nurse and the infrequent retinol dosing is that terrible for him? Thank you!!
    Stephanie

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    StephCain,

    Absorption of retinol following topical application is minimal. However, breastfeeding mothers should not use retinol/tretinoin orally because it could have untoward effects in the breastfeeding infant.

    Sandra Lovato R.N.
    InfantRisk Center
    806-352-2519

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