Information on this subject has been updated. Read the most recent information. Many mothers are required to use drugs during breastfeeding.
Have you ever been told you need to stop breastfeeding because you need medical testing or a medication? Or told that you cannot receive treatment until you are done breastfeeding? Only rarely does the amount transferred into milk produce clinically relevant doses in the infant… Most importantly, it is seldom required that a breastfeeding mother discontinue breastfeeding just to take a medication.
But should a woman breastfeed if she is taking medications, either over-the-counter or prescription? Breast milk typically has only 1 to 2 percent of the dose that the baby would have received in-utero, he said. In addition, most adverse drug reactions occur in infants younger than two-months-old.
Wondering about breast-feeding and medications? Know how medications can affect your breast milk and which drugs are safe to take. If you're breast-feeding, you're giving your baby a healthy start.
In general, breastfeeding is considered to be the best way to feed your baby during their first year of life. However, if you need to take medications or have an addiction to substances like recreational drugs or alcoholyou could harm your body. It's important to be upfront with your doctor with what medications or substances you use.
An increasing number of mothers and health professionals have sought to find more information on the levels of medicines passing through milk to the baby. Standard reference books such as the British National Formulary BNF provide little information for professionals and parents to make decisions on individual situations. BfN endeavours to provide information to enable mothers to breastfeed their babies for as long as they wish and to provide information on the safety of medicines for each mother and baby pair. We are constantly reviewing the information available on drugs and breastfeeding as new research is conducted.
Medically reviewed by Drugs. Last updated on Jun 14, No data are available on the medical use of cocaine in nursing mothers.