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Q:  I believe I have hirsutism and have done extensive research on what I will probably need to rid myself of this problem. Yet everything seems to be not breastfeeding friendly. How am I to get this problem solved and continue my breastfeeding relationship with my son?

A:  Hirsutism, which is increased hair on a woman, is caused by testosterone. All the medications which help it work by lowering or blocking testosterone. It is not clear if these are safe for a fetus or infant, especially a male who needs these hormones to develop so I do not recommend use of such medications during nursing.

I wish the situation were better but it's just not worth taking a chance with a medication which might be transmitted in the milk and affect the baby. There is very little research on this so best to be cautious.

Hope this is helpful.


Geoffrey Redmond, MD

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