How will I know what medication is safe to take?
Your healthcare provider and pharmacist can offer guidance on medication dosages and their suitability for breastfeeding.
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Most medications are considered safe to use while nursing your baby; however, always seek advice from your pharmacist and healthcare provider.
It is very unusual to have to stop breastfeeding permanently. In some cases, breastfeeding may be put on hold temporarily while you take certain medications.
This depends on the condition and the specific medication being used, but avoiding medications altogether may actually cause harm to the mother and her baby if an underlying condition goes untreated.
Some medications that are not suitable for nursing mothers include amiodarone, cytotoxic agents, iodine, lithium, nuclear medicine, and retinoids.
There may be chemical substances in herbal supplements that could harm your baby, so herbal supplements are not recommended during breastfeeding.
When using medication, you can monitor your baby for changes in their sleeping patterns, their mood and level of alertness, or any rashes appearing on their skin.
Most over-the-counter pain-relief medication is considered safe to take while breastfeeding.
Premature babies are at greater risk of exposure to medication while breastfeeding, as are unwell babies and babies younger than six months of age.