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Bacitracin use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Bacitracin: Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic, Polysporin First Aid Antibiotic Ointment, Cortomycin Eye Ointment, Polysporin Ophthalmic, Curad Triple Antibiotic, Septa, Baciguent, Polytracin Ophthalmic, Triple Antibiotic HC Ophthalmic Ointment, Show all 51 »Cortisporin Ointment, AK-Tracin, Ocu-Tracin, Baci-Rx, BACiiM, Campho-Phenique Maximum Strength, Neo-Polycin HC, Neo-Poly-Bac, Ocu-Cort, Neotricin HC, Cortisporin Ophthalmic Ointment, ProCoMycin, First Aid Triple Antibiotic with Pain Reliever, Sx1 Medicated Post-Operative System, Neo-Polycin, Neocidin, Triple Antibiotic Ophthalmic Ointment, AK-Spore Ointment, Ocutricin, Neocin, Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment, Ocu-Spore-B, Medi-Quik, Mycitracin Triple Antibiotic, Tribiotic Plus, NEO TO GO!, Neosporin + Pain Relief Neo To Go! First Aid Antibiotic, Neosporin + Pain Relief Ointment, Neosporin + Pain, Itch, Scar, Mycitracin Plus Pain Reliever, Lanabiotic, Spectrocin Plus, Triple Antibiotic Plus, Polycin, AK-Poly-Bac, Polycin-B, Duospore, Polytracin, Betadine Antibiotic, Betadine Plus Antibiotic and Pain Reliever, Rash Relief Antibacterial

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Bacitracin Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Because it is poorly absorbed after topical application and oral ingestion, bacitracin is considered a low risk to the nursing infant.[1] Only water-miscible cream or gel products should be applied to the breast because ointments may expose the infant to high levels of mineral paraffins via licking.[2] Therefore, an alternate cream product is preferred for application to the breast.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Mupirocin, Ozenoxacin


Leachman SA, Reed BR. The use of dermatologic drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Dermatol Clin. 2006;24:167-97. [PubMed: 16677965]
Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M et al. Exposure of babies to C(15)-C(45) mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003;38:317-25. [PubMed: 14623482]

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Drug Class

  • Breast Feeding
  • Lactation
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Antibacterial Agents

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