Category Archives: Medications and Breastfeeding

When You Need to Take Medication

on January 14, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Medications and Breastfeeding

Like most every nursing mother, you may have a headache or a cold, or you may need to fill a prescription given to you by your doctor.  Most breastfeeding mothers wonder if it will be safe to continue nursing while taking a certain drug or if it could affect your milk supply.


While you probably have avoided most all medications while pregnant, many moms feel that the same is true when breastfeeding.  This is not necessarily the case.  During pregnancy, medications generally pass through the placenta directly to the fetus, making many medications inadvisable.  But the same is not necessarily the case when nursing.  While most medications pass through the breast to some degree, few are harmful to a nursing child.

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