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Do breastfeeding pain killers cause gastroenteritis in the mother?
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Pain pills can
Generally any pain pill can upset the stomach.
But if you are breastfeeding correctly it should not be painful. If it hurts so bad you need to take a pain pill, then you should have a trained person (lactation consultant) assess what is happening, and she if the lc can help to fix it.

In brief: Pain pills can
Generally any pain pill can upset the stomach.
But if you are breastfeeding correctly it should not be painful. If it hurts so bad you need to take a pain pill, then you should have a trained person (lactation consultant) assess what is happening, and she if the lc can help to fix it.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Depends on med
The NSAID meds like ibuprofen, Aspirin & naproxin can have a direct irritating effect on the stomach & aggravate existing gastric injury.
They do not generally cause cramps & diarrhea that are part of the gastroenteritis pattern. Acetaminophen doen not appear to have this effect.

In brief: Depends on med
The NSAID meds like ibuprofen, Aspirin & naproxin can have a direct irritating effect on the stomach & aggravate existing gastric injury.
They do not generally cause cramps & diarrhea that are part of the gastroenteritis pattern. Acetaminophen doen not appear to have this effect.
Dr. James Ferguson
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