Many women struggle with knowing whether taking certain medications while breastfeeding their baby is safe or not. Some health care providers that are unfamiliar with the subject may suggest that moms “pump and dump” just in case. Not only can it be frustrating to moms to waste their milk, it also interrupts the breastfeeding relationship, and can cause issues with supply.
The health of a mother and infant is always top priority, so the safety of medications while breastfeeding should always be investigated. Calling a lactation consultant is a great way to get the most up to date information regarding medication safety while nursing. The lactation team at The Breastfeeding Center of Chicago utilizes multiple research sources that rank medications by their level of safety, lists appropriate doses for moms to take, and lists potential side effects for babies. If a medication is found to be contraindicated while nursing, the TBCC team can help implement a plan for supplementing baby’s nutrition, and helping mom keep her supply intact.
If you have any questions regarding medication and breastfeeding, please call one of our lactation consultants at 847-398-0434