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In clinical studies on Boniva and breastfeeding, the drug was shown to pass through breast milk when it was given to rats. However, researchers are not sure whether the medicine is passed through breast milk in humans. If you are taking Boniva and breastfeeding or are thinking of breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and possible risks involved.

Boniva and Breastfeeding: An Overview

At this time, it is unknown if Boniva® (ibandronate sodium) passes through breast milk in humans. If you are breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Boniva.

Boniva and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Studies have shown that Boniva passes through breast milk in rats, but no studies have been done in breastfeeding women. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Boniva while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child. It is important to understand that the drug is approved only for postmenopausal women (and is, therefore, not approved for women who are breastfeeding).

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Boniva and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Boniva and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Boniva and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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