Is it safe to use anti-itch medications while I am breastfeeding?

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Many anti-itch medicines sold over-the-counter and by prescription are used topically-- medicines you apply to your skin -- that contain hydrocortisone. Too little is known about whether the hydrocortisone you put on your skin enters your body and passes into your breast milk, or whether it may harm your nursing baby. Talk to your doctor before using hydrocortisone-based skin medications when you are breastfeeding. Another option to try is moisturizers, which coat the skin and help retain moisture; they may relieve some cases of itching and are a safe measure during breastfeeding.