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Derma-Smoothe has not been studied in nursing women. Therefore, it is unknown if the medication passes through breast milk, or if it would harm a nursing infant.
Corticosteroid medications generally pass through breast milk when taken by mouth, and could cause side effects in a nursing infant, such as slowed growth. However, Derma-Smoothe is a topical medicine. When used as directed, for a short period of time, very little of the drug is expected to be absorbed through the skin. Therefore, short-term use is not expected to cause any problems during breastfeeding.
It should be noted, however, that certain things may increase the amount of Derma-Smoothe absorbed through the skin, such as using the medicine more often than recommended, using it on large areas of skin, or covering the treated skin with a bandage or dressing. In addition, Derma-Smoothe is a potent corticosteroid. If a breastfeeding woman requires long-term treatment, a less potent corticosteroid may be more appropriate.
In addition, if you are breastfeeding, you should avoid applying Derma-Smoothe to the breast or nipple area, which would directly expose a nursing infant to the medicine. Also, try to limit direct skin-to-skin contact with areas of the skin where Derma-Smoothe has been applied.