Safety of maternal testosterone therapy during breast feeding.

Authors: Glaser RL, Newman M, Parsons M, Zava D, Glaser-Garbrick D.

Publication Year: 2009

Citation: Int J Pharm Compounding 2009;13(4):314-317.

This was a study of testosterone levels in maternal blood, the infant’s blood, and breast milk, after a nursing mother was given testosterone in the form of sublingual drops, vaginal cream, and a pellet implant.  None of the delivery methods resulted in a significant increase of testosterone in breast milk or the infant’s blood, although levels were raised in the maternal blood showing that the testosterone was absorbed after all 3 delivery methods.  The testosterone therapy was effective in relieving symptoms of testosterone deficiency in the mother and was safe for the breast-fed infant.