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A 50-year-old member asked:

Could i take medicines if i am breastfeeding?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: Depends on what you are taking, but many medications are acceptable.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes, but: Check with your md as some medicines will cross into the breast milk and affect the baby. Obvious examples are narcotics.
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 40 years experience
It Depends: Most medications are ok with breastfeeding, but there are some ones that should be avoided while breastfeeding. With thousands of medications on the market, it matters greatly what is your medical problem and what the particular medication is. A book by dr. Tom hale, medications and mother's milk give good practical advice. Don't let your doctor let the pdr or package insert guide his suggestions.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Medicines that are ok to take while breastfeeding?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Too many to list: Check with your doc or pediatrician for this information.If ready to do some heavy reading, buy the reference "medications and mothers milk" by t hale, 15 ed, 2012.
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Philippines
A 31-year-old female asked:

What are the medicines i can't take while i'm breastfeeding?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Too many to list: As a rule, anything i would give to baby as a medicine can be taken by mom during breastfeeding. However, there are a large number of medicines that should be avoided & you should check with babies healthcare provider before starting medications.
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Arlington, TX
A 27-year-old female asked:

What cold medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Lewis
52 years experience
It depends: It depends on the cold medication and what is contained in it. The ingredients vary and it is best to speak to your obstetrician regarding the cold medication.
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