Can You Take Ozempic While Breastfeeding?

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By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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There isn’t enough research available to determine if Ozempic is safe to take while breastfeeding just yet. 

Here's the lowdown on Ozempic (a.k.a. semaglutide): it's a big peptide molecule, almost all of it's bound up with proteins, which makes us think it might not pass into breast milk in large amounts. And even if it does find its way into the milk, chances are the baby's digestive system would break it down before it gets absorbed.

But here's the thing—we don't have concrete proof, so the advice is to use it cautiously if you're breastfeeding, especially with a newborn or preemie.

Extra caution is needed because even though we think it likely won't end up in breast milk 1 or hurt the baby, without solid proof, it's best to be careful. This is particularly important for babies who were born with low weight or who aren't growing as fast as expected, because they might be at a higher risk.

Definitely check in with your healthcare provider before starting any new medication while breastfeeding. They can help you weigh the pros and cons for your particular situation. 

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  1. "Semaglutide"Dec 3, 2018https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500980/.


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Can You Take Ozempic While Breastfeeding?

 Krystal Duhaney Profile Photo
By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
Image for article Can You Take Ozempic While Breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough research available to determine if Ozempic is safe to take while breastfeeding just yet. 

Here's the lowdown on Ozempic (a.k.a. semaglutide): it's a big peptide molecule, almost all of it's bound up with proteins, which makes us think it might not pass into breast milk in large amounts. And even if it does find its way into the milk, chances are the baby's digestive system would break it down before it gets absorbed.

But here's the thing—we don't have concrete proof, so the advice is to use it cautiously if you're breastfeeding, especially with a newborn or preemie.

Extra caution is needed because even though we think it likely won't end up in breast milk 1 or hurt the baby, without solid proof, it's best to be careful. This is particularly important for babies who were born with low weight or who aren't growing as fast as expected, because they might be at a higher risk.

Definitely check in with your healthcare provider before starting any new medication while breastfeeding. They can help you weigh the pros and cons for your particular situation. 

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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  1. "Semaglutide"Dec 3, 2018https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500980/.


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