IVF/Fertility drugs and Breastfeeding

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The information provided is taken from various reference sources.  It is provided as a guideline.  No responsibility can be taken by the author or the Breastfeeding Network for the way in which the information is used.  Clinical decisions remain the responsibility of medical and breastfeeding practitioners.  The data presented here is intended to provide some immediate information but cannot replace input from professionals.

An increasing number of mothers are seeking to use IVF/Fertility drugs whilst still breastfeeding. This is a very complex area lacking research and based on professional judgements and pharmacokinetic data.

A face book group called “Breastfeeding Mums undergoing Fertility Treatment/IVF” (www.facebook.com/groups/bfduringivf/)  

This group offers peer support from other mothers who have undertaken treatments whilst breastfeeding.  Members are very knowledgeable.  Whilst Wendy Jones BfN Pharmacist has had input to the fact sheets within the group, the expertise lies with the mothers.  We would therefore signpost mothers with questions on medications such as:

  • Clomiphene (clomid ®)
  • FSH
  • Aspirin 75mg
  • Progesterone
  • Buserelin ®
  • Menotropin

Before deciding to wean your baby in order to undertake fertility treatment/transfer of frozen embryos consider requesting to join the closed group.


©Dr Wendy Jones MBE, MRPharmS and the Breastfeeding Network Sept 2019