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What effects does betaseron (interferon beta 1b) have on breastfeeding?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Interferon for MS?: It should be okay. No information is available regarding whether it can be passed onto an infant in mother's milk. No studies are available regarding harm in infants. Have your pediatrician monitor the progress during the health maintenance visits.

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Can I take betaseron (interferon beta 1b) while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Janesta Noland
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Betaseron (interferon beta 1b) is broken down in the intestinal tract and thus must be injected. Any Betaseron (interferon beta 1b) that is excreted into breastmilk is therefore likely to get broken down by the baby's intestinal tract. However, no studies have been down to prove its safety in breastfeeding. You should discuss it with your doctor and your baby's pediatrician to weigh the risk/benefit.

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