Cutivate Ointment and Breastfeeding
Problems are not expected if a breastfeeding woman uses Cutivate Ointment (fluticasone propionate ointment). Although some steroids are known to pass through breast milk, this particular medication is applied to the skin, so direct contact with the infant is unlikely. If you do have to apply Cutivate Ointment to the nipple area, remove the medication thoroughly before nursing.
Cutivate Ointment® (fluticasone propionate ointment) is a skin medication used to treat a variety of different skin conditions in adults. At this time, it is unknown if this drug passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication.
No research has been done to see if Cutivate Ointment passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Fortunately, even when steroids are taken by mouth or by injection, only very small amounts pass through breast milk. This implies that skin use (topical use) of steroids would probably result in very tiny amounts (if any) passing through breast milk, although this is not known for sure.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with areas where the ointment has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the ointment by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying Cutivate Ointment near or on the nipple. If this is not possible, be sure to completely remove the medication before the baby nurses.
Since Cutivate Ointment usually works great for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers wonder if they could use it on a stubborn diaper rash. Never apply this (or any other medication prescribed for yourself) to a diaper rash without first checking with your healthcare provider. Young children are more likely to absorb a dangerously high amount of the medication, especially when applied to broken skin (like a diaper rash) and especially when the area is covered, as with a diaper.
Cutivate Ointment is not approved to treat diaper rash and is not approved for any use in children.