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Can I take ritalin (methylphenidate) while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Don't recommend

Because Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant, with addictive potential, and can get into breast milk according to some research, consider bottle-feeding if you must take this med.
You'll be a calmer mother and your baby will benefit.

In brief: Don't recommend

Because Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant, with addictive potential, and can get into breast milk according to some research, consider bottle-feeding if you must take this med.
You'll be a calmer mother and your baby will benefit.
Dr. Patricia Foster
Dr. Patricia Foster
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Can pass in milk

Ritalin (methylphenidate) can pass in small amounts in the milk.

In brief: Can pass in milk

Ritalin (methylphenidate) can pass in small amounts in the milk.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

With the limited data available there does not seem to be any adverse effects on a breastfeeding infant.
That said, the data is extremely limited on this medication and breastfeeding. In addition, Ritalin (methylphenidate) reduces prolactin level which may milk production at the start of breastfeeding.

In brief: Yes

With the limited data available there does not seem to be any adverse effects on a breastfeeding infant.
That said, the data is extremely limited on this medication and breastfeeding. In addition, Ritalin (methylphenidate) reduces prolactin level which may milk production at the start of breastfeeding.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

In the few tested infants, relative infant dose is listed as about 1% of mothers dose.
Far too low for significant influnce on baby activity. Aggitation or poor weight gain might be monitored out of caution, but if present are likely due to other factors. See "medications and mothers milk";hale, 2010.

In brief: Yes

In the few tested infants, relative infant dose is listed as about 1% of mothers dose.
Far too low for significant influnce on baby activity. Aggitation or poor weight gain might be monitored out of caution, but if present are likely due to other factors. See "medications and mothers milk";hale, 2010.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Richard Roberts
The benefits of breastfeeding compared with bottle are huge.
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