Breastfeeding women should avoid aspirin and products containing aspirin (this includes Pepto Bismal taken for an upset stomach), as well as products containing naproxen (Aleve). In contrast, acetominophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofin (Motrin, Advil) are not known to have any negative effects on nursing babies.
What medications pass through breast milk?
Drugs Reported as Safe During Breastfeeding in Normal Doses
|Drug or Class||Brand or Generic Name|
|Penicillins||amoxicillin, penicillin G|
|propranolol||Inderal LA, Inderal XL, InnoPran XL|
|theophylline||Elixophyllin, Theo-24, others|
|tretinoin topical||Avita, Atralin, Renova, Retin A|
Which medication should be avoided while breastfeeding?
Drugs contraindicated during breastfeeding include anticancer drugs, lithium, oral retinoids, iodine, amiodarone and gold salts. An understanding of the principles underlying the transfer into breast milk is important, as is an awareness of the potential adverse effects on the infant.
Can medications affect breast milk?
Although many medications do pass into breast milk, most have little or no effect on milk supply or on infant well-being. Few medications are contraindicated while breastfeeding.
What can’t you do while breastfeeding?
You can pass harmful things, like alcohol, drugs and lead, to your baby in breast milk. This can cause serious problems for your baby. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or use harmful drugs when you’re breastfeeding.
What is the best pills for breastfeeding?
Progestin-only contraceptives are the preferred choice for breastfeeding mothers when something hormonal is desired or necessary. Progestin-only contraceptives come in several different forms: progestin-only pill (POP) also called the “mini-pill”
Who shouldnt breastfeed?
Mothers infected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I or type II should not breast feed their babies. Mothers who are taking illegal drugs like cocaine, PCP, heroin, marijuana etc. are not allowed to breastfeed their babies.
What painkillers can I take when breastfeeding?
If you’re breastfeeding, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen up to the daily maximum dose. However, if you can take less, that is recommended.
Nursing mothers can use:
- acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Proprinal)
- naproxen (Aleve, Midol, Flanax), for short-term use only.
What is safe to take for sleep while breastfeeding?
The sleeping pills Ambien and Lunesta are considered safe to use for occasional use while breastfeeding because very little of the drug gets into the breast milk and reaches the baby. (Consult your doctor before taking any medications while nursing.)
How long do medications stay in breastmilk?
Drugs to relieve headache, aches, pain or fever
Try not to breastfeed for 1 to 2 hours after taking the dose to minimise the amount in your breastmilk.