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Ferric Carboxymaltose use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 23, 2022.

Drugs containing Ferric Carboxymaltose: Injectafer

Ferric Carboxymaltose Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Intravenous iron carboxymaltose increases breastmilk iron in mothers with iron deficiency anemia. Breastfed neonates of these mothers appear to have no serious adverse reactions. Ferric carboxymaltose appears to be acceptable to use in nursing mothers with no special precautions required. Pasteurization of milk by the Holder method reduces the concentration of iron in milk by about 6.5%.[1]

For additional information on iron use during breastfeeding, see the monograph on Iron Salts.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. A multi-center study of postpartum mothers with iron deficiency anemia (hemoglobin 105 g/L or less) compared iron carboxymaltose to oral ferrous sulfate. Mothers were given intravenous ferric carboxymaltose in a dose of 15 mg of iron/kg body weight to a maximum dose of 1000 mg over 15 minutes on day 1, with subsequent weekly doses until each woman's total iron requirement had been given. The first dose was given within 7 days postpartum and follow-up visits were at follow-up visits after 1, 2, 4, and 12 weeks postpartum. A subset of 11 mothers had their breastmilk iron measured before and after administration of iron carboxymaltose. Baseline breastmilk iron was 0.500 mg/kg. At 24 hours after the first dose, breastmilk iron increased to 1.447 mg/kg. One week after the first dose, breastmilk iron decreased to an average of 0.513 mg/kg. After the second dose at week 1, breastmilk iron increased to 0.615 mg/kg at 1 to 3 hours after the dose. Breastmilk iron was 0.991 mg/kg before the dose on week 2.[2]

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

Effects in Breastfed Infants

In a study of postpartum mothers given intravenous ferric carboxymaltose, 229 were breastfeeding their infants. Among the breastfed infants, 24 infants (10.5%) had an adverse reaction reported. The most frequent reactions included erythema, constipation, diarrhea and nasopharyngitis. The overall rate of adverse reactions was similar to the rate (12%) in the control group whose mothers received oral ferrous sulfate.[2]

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

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

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Ferric Derisomaltose, Iron Sucrose


Mohd-Taufek N, Cartwright D, Davies M, et al. The effect of pasteurization on trace elements in donor breast milk. J Perinatol. 2016;36:897–900. [PubMed: 27253894]
Breymann C, Gliga F, Bejenariu C, et al. Comparative efficacy and safety of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose in the treatment of postpartum iron deficiency anemia. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2008;101:67–73. [PubMed: 18234203]

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Ferric Carboxymaltose

CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Ferric Compounds


Iron Compounds

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