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Chemotherapy and Breastfeeding

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Date: 2008-06-18

Question:
My patient has Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Her due date is Aug 3, 08. We are anticipating an uncomplicated remainder of pregnancy. Her oncologists plan is to start chemotherapy with ABVD shortly after the baby is born. She will be given chemo once every 2 weeks for several cycles. The question is: can she breastfeed at all while on the chemo? Is there any point in pumping-and-dumping for a number of hours/days after each chemo session? thanks in advance

Answer:
Cancer chemotherapeutic drugs are contraindicated during breastfeeding because of their potential toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic effects. All agencies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and Motherisk are of the view that breastfeeding should be avoided due to the unclear size of the risk.

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