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MS Contin and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of MS Contin (morphine sulfate ER) does not recommend that women use this drug while breastfeeding. MS Contin does pass through breast milk and could cause serious problems in a nursing infant. This medication may cause problems such as drowsiness, poor feeding, constipation, or difficulty breathing. If you have questions about MS Contin and breastfeeding, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.

An Overview of MS Contin and Breastfeeding

MS Contin® (morphine sulfate ER) does pass through breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking MS Contin. The manufacturer does not recommend that women use this medication while breastfeeding (in most situations).

Is It Safe to Use MS Contin While Breastfeeding? -- What Does the Research Say?

Morphine (the active ingredient of MS Contin) passes through breast milk in low amounts. If the breastfed infant is exposed to a significant amount of morphine, it could cause serious problems. Possible complications could include drowsiness, poor feeding (due to drowsiness or stomach upset), constipation, or even difficulty breathing. Despite these potential problems, morphine is often considered compatible with breastfeeding, especially in the immediate postpartum period (right after the baby is born).
Even though morphine is often considered compatible with breastfeeding, MS Contin is not appropriate for most breastfeeding mothers. MS Contin is only approved for long-term, around-the-clock use to treat chronic pain. It should not be used to treat pain related to childbirth. Because MS Contin provides an extended release of morphine, it is likely that a breastfed infant would be exposed to a larger dose of morphine (compared to short-acting morphine products).

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About MS Contin and Breastfeeding

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