When Breastfeeding Moms Need to Take Medications

Newborn / Baby Care & Feeding

Guiding new parents through baby’s first year and beyond is a top priority at Advanced Pediatrics. The following newborn and baby care articles have been written by Advanced Pediatric Associates and Pediatric Web. Should you have any questions regarding the following care recommendations, please call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200, Option 2.

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When Breastfeeding Moms Need to Take Medications

Medications that a breastfeeding mother takes are often absorbed into her breastmilk. It is important for breastfeeding moms to check with their health care provider first before taking any non-prescription or prescription medications to make sure it is safe for her breastfeeding infant.

Even medicines which are considered safe to take during breastfeeding are best taken at the end of a feeding, so it is more likely to be out of the mother’s system by the next feeding.

The following non-prescription medications are generally safe to take as directed:  acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), stool softeners, cough drops, nose drops, eye drops, and skin creams.  Do NOT use aspirin because of a risk for Reye syndrome.

Please consult with your physician -- or call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200 -- before taking ANY other prescription or non-prescription medications while breastfeeding.

 

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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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