Locoid Lipocream and Breastfeeding
If you are breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider before using Locoid Lipocream (hydrocortisone butyrate). It is unknown if this drug passes through breast milk. However, because this medicine is applied to the skin, it is not expected that large amounts would be passed to a nursing baby. Avoid putting the medicine on an area that would directly expose the baby to the drug.
Locoid Lipocream® (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a skin medication used to treat a variety of different skin conditions in adults and children as young as three months of age. At this time, it is unknown if Locoid Lipocream passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this product.
No research has been done to see if Locoid Lipocream 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 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 cream has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the cream by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying it near or on the nipple. If this is not possible, be sure to completely remove the medication before the baby nurses.
Since Locoid Lipocream usually works great for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers wonder if they could use it on a stubborn diaper rash. This medicine is not approved for treating diaper rash and is specifically not recommended for use in the diaper area. 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, such as by a diaper.