A study conducted by researchers from Duke University indicates that breastfeeding is safe for women with lupus taking common lupus treatments.
A total of 51 pregnancies in 84 women with lupus were included in the study. Half of the lupus patients chose to breastfeed. Whether or not women chose to breastfeed was most likely influenced by: low postpartum lupus activity, term delivery, and a plan to breastfeed early in pregnancy. In reviewing the most up-to-date data, the majority of lupus medications appear to have very minimal transfer into breast milk and are likely compatible with breastfeeding.
Researchers concluded that common medications -- hydroxychloroquine, azathioprine, methotrexate, and prednisone -- have very limited transfer into breast milk and may be continued while breastfeeding.
Published in Lupus.