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"Breastfeeding and Medication: What You Need to Know"


It is generally safe to breastfeed while taking most medications. However, some medications can pass into breast milk and may be harmful to a nursing infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding mothers avoid taking medications that are not necessary. If a medication is needed, the AAP recommends that mothers discuss the potential risks and benefits of the medication with their healthcare provider.


It is also important for mothers to be aware of the potential for drug interactions between medications and to inform their healthcare provider about all medications they are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and supplements.


In general, it is best to take medications after breastfeeding, when the baby is asleep or just before breastfeeding, to minimize the amount of medication that the baby may receive through breast milk. It is also a good idea to express and discard breast milk for a few hours after taking a medication to further reduce the amount of medication that the baby may receive.


Furthermore, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before taking any medication while breastfeeding to ensure the safety of both the mother and the nursing infant.

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