Is Amoxicillin-Clavulanate compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Amoxicillin-Clavulanate?


March 3, 2018 (Very Low Risk)

Excretion into breast milk is insignificant (Kafetzis 1981).

No adverse effects requiring medical attention have been observed in the majority of nursing infants whose mothers took this medication (Benyamini 2005).

It is commonly prescribed for infants by Pediatricians.

It is considered medication compatible with breastfeeding by relevant authors and scientific societies (Rowe 2013, Amir 2011, Spencer 2008, Nahum 2006, Mahadevan 2006, Drobac 2005, Bar-Oz 2003, Chin 2000).

The possible negativity of cultures in febrile infants whose mothers take antibiotics should be taken into account, as well as the possibility of gastroenteritis due to altered intestinal flora (Benyamini 2005.

Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs: Compatible with breastfeeding (WHO / UNICEF 2002).


We do not have alternatives for Amoxicillin-Clavulanate since it is relatively safe.

Very Low Risk

Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.

Very High Risk

Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.


  • Αμοξυκιλλίνη + Κλαβουλανικό οξύ (Greek)
  • أموكسيسيلين Clavulanate (Arabic)
  • Амоксициллин Калия Клавуланат (Cyrillic)
  • 阿莫西林 Clavulanate (Chinese)
  • アモキシシリン クラブラン酸カリウム (Japanese)
  • J01CR02 (ATC Code/s)


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