Breastfeeding When the Lactating Parent Needs Medication

Many lactating parents can have ongoing medical issues that require them to take daily medications to maintain their health.  Some of these parents are told they have to choose between taking these medications and nursing their babies.  Often this doesn’t have to be the case.

 

Knowing where to find accurate information on taking medications while breastfeeding is important.  The Physicians Desk Reference or PDR is not a good source of accurate information on medications and breastfeeding.

 

Dr. Thomas Hale http://www.infantrisk.com has created the infant risk  centre for doctors and parents to get accurate current information on breastfeeding and medications.

 

LactMed http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT is another great resource for combining medications and breastfeeding.

 

Please encourage your doctor to check these resources before suspending or stopping breastfeeding due to the use of medications.

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