Augmentin ES and Breastfeeding
The amoxicillin component of Augmentin ES (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES) does pass through breast milk. However, many healthcare providers consider this medication safe for women who are nursing an infant. If you are breastfeeding and taking Augmentin ES, make sure to watch for any side effects in your child, such as diarrhea or allergic reactions.
Is Augmentin ES Safe for Breastfeeding Women?Augmentin ES® (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat ear infections in children. Amoxicillin (one of the components of Augmentin ES) passes through breast milk, but it is not known whether clavulanate potassium (the other component) passes through breast milk.
The manufacturer of Augmentin ES recommends that women use this drug cautiously while breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
It is important to note that this product is not approved for use in adults; other forms of Augmentin are more appropriate for adult use.
What Does the Research Say?Although amoxicillin passes through breast milk, it is usually considered safe for most breastfeeding women. Even though it is unknown if clavulanate potassium passes through breast milk, many healthcare providers also consider it safe for most breastfeeding women.
If your healthcare provider recommends that you continue breastfeeding while taking Augmentin ES, there are a few things to watch for in your infant. Make sure to watch for any diarrhea (one of the most common Augmentin ES side effects) or for allergic reactions, as your infant may be allergic to penicillin medications (including amoxicillin), even if you are not.