Which sleeping pills are safe while breastfeeding?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Not many: I don't think any of the prescription sleeping pills are safe. Otcs contain antihistamines that can decrease milk supply, so that's not ideal either. Perhaps the best "sleeping pill" would be warm milk, a relaxing massage, or snuggle time with your partner.
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Pediatrics 25 years experience
Not many: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is resonably safe but may decrease your breast milk supply. Other sedative medications will make it difficult to respond to your child when they need to feed and may cross in the breast milk as well. Self hypnosis works well with no side effects.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Might there be any sleeping pills that are safe while breastfeeding?
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Pediatrics 54 years experience
INSOMNIA: Problem sleeping and breastfeeding do not require any rx because of the many task involved. You will eventually get tired and fall sleep. Do not risk taking rx while breastfeeding to endanger your baby.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Is it safe to take sleeping pills while breastfeeding?
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Pediatrics 17 years experience
Probably not: It depends on the particular med but most sleep aides are contraindicated while breastfeeding.
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Last updated Nov 18, 2017
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