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Bacitracin use while Breastfeeding

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

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 27, 2018.

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


1. Leachman SA, Reed BR. The use of dermatologic drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Dermatol Clin. 2006;24:167-97. PMID: 16677965

2. 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. PMID: 14623482

Bacitracin Identification

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Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Anti-Infective Agents, Local

Antibacterial Agents

Administrative Information

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