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Although no studies have been done on Fosamax and breastfeeding, healthcare providers do not typically advise women to take the drug while nursing. It is unknown how Fosamax would affect the growing bones of an infant if it does pass through breast milk. However, each woman's situation is different, so if you are taking Fosamax and breastfeeding is something you are considering, talk to your healthcare provider.

Fosamax and Breastfeeding: An Overview

At this time, it is unknown if Fosamax® (alendronate 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 Fosamax.
 

Fosamax and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No studies have been done to see if Fosamax passes through breast milk in women. The drug is incorporated into bone and is slowly released over time, and it is not known how Fosamax might affect growing bones (if, in fact, it does pass through breast milk). Therefore, many healthcare providers do not recommend that women breastfeed while taking Fosamax.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Fosamax and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Fosamax 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 Fosamax and breastfeeding that is right for you.
 
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