Is Nifedipine compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Nifedipine?


July 1, 2015 (Very Low Risk)

Excreted into breast milk in non-significant amount with no problems among breastfed infants whose mothers were treated with this medication. No alteration on breast milk composition has been seen.

Shown to be effective at a dose of 10 - 20 mg three times-a-day for pain relief related to Raynaud's phenomena of the nipple, which is a highly painful vasospasm triggered by cold exposition or trauma produced by inadequate latch-on to the breast. Side effect on the mother should be addressed.

American Academy of Pediatrics 2001: Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding.

Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs 2002: Compatible with breastfeeding.


We do not have alternatives for Nifedipine 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.


  • νιφεδιπίνη (Greek)
  • نيفيديبين (Arabic)
  • Нифедипин (Cyrillic)
  • 硝苯地平 (Chinese)
  • ニフェジピン (Japanese)


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