Rogaine and Breastfeeding

Research on the active ingredient in Rogaine (minoxidil) has shown that this medication does pass through breast milk. Although some healthcare providers generally consider this drug to be compatible with nursing, the manufacturer typically recommends that women avoid using Rogaine while breastfeeding. If you use this product while nursing, make sure to avoid directly exposing your infant to this drug.

Is Rogaine Safe to Use While Breastfeeding?

Rogaine® (minoxidil) is a nonprescription medication approved to stimulate hair growth in people with certain types of hair loss. It is not known if Rogaine passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Rogaine

There is very little information available about the use of Rogaine while breastfeeding. Minoxidil, the active ingredient of Rogaine, is known to pass through breast milk when taken by mouth. However, Rogaine is a topical medication, applied directly on the scalp. Very little of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream with normal use. Therefore, it would be unlikely to actually reach the breast milk.
Even though it seems unlikely that breastfeeding while using Rogaine would be harmful to the nursing infant, there is not enough information to rule out all possible risks. The manufacturer of Rogaine recommends the medication not be used while breastfeeding; however, some healthcare providers may consider Rogaine generally safe with proper use.
If your healthcare provider recommends using this medication while breastfeeding, make sure you do not directly expose your nursing child to the medication. Always wash your hands thoroughly after applying Rogaine to avoid transferring the medication to other areas of your body or directly to your infant.
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