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No clinical studies have been conducted on the link between Procrit and breastfeeding, so it is not known if the drug passes through breast milk in humans. However, since Procrit is a protein that must be given by injection because it can be destroyed by the digestive system, it is not likely to affect a nursing infant even if it does pass through breast milk.

Procrit and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Procrit® (epoetin alfa) is a medication used for the treatment of anemia. At this time, it is not known whether Procrit passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of starting, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
 

Procrit and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Procrit has not been studied in any breastfeeding women, and it is not known whether it passes through breast milk. Theoretically, the medication is not likely to cause any problems in breastfed infants. Procrit is a protein that must be given by injection, since the digestive system would destroy the protein. If the medication passes through breast milk, it would be digested (and destroyed) in the digestive systems of nursing infants.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Procrit and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Procrit 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about Procrit and breastfeeding that is right for you.
 
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