Can Breast-Feeding Mothers Take Medicines?

Can Breast-Feeding Mothers Take Medicines?

Can Breast-Feeding Mothers Take Medicines

It’s true that drugs present in your blood will get into your breast milk. However, the quantity that gets transferred defers from one medication to another. In most cases, medications have low levels of transfer; but like all things, there are some exceptions. These exceptions get concentrated in your breast milk and may even affect your milk supply. This means you may have to consider each drug separately. Make sure to check with your healthcare specialist before taking over-the-counter medicines or prescriptions.
The age and health factor
Newborns, premature babies, and medically unstable babies or infants having poorly functioning kidneys are at the greatest risk of being affected by medication in breast milk. However, if you use the medication in the first three to four days after childbirth, it will be transferred at very low levels to your baby, owing to the limited quantity of milk you’re producing. Healthy babies who are 6 months and older are at the lowest risk as they can metabolize drugs efficiently.

Furthermore, women who breast-feed their children more than a year after childbirth produce lesser milk, and subsequently, the amount of medication transferred to milk is reduced.

Medication, breast-feeding, or both.

While most medications are considered safe, a few may not be recommended during breast-feeding. Sometimes, it is very important that you continue your medication; however, if you must breast-feed your child, your healthcare specialist will prescribe a safer alternative. Otherwise, you will be advised to continue breast-feeding only when the medication is at a low level in your milk. You may be advised to take your medication just after feeding. The instance where your doctor may forbid you to breast-feed temporarily or permanently is very rare and usually depends upon the duration for which you need to take medication.


Store it away for a later day
If your doctor has suggested that you may have to stop breast-feeding and shift to bottle-feeding for a while, don’t panic. Use the time to store away your milk using a breast pump. Do not use the milk that is pumped while you’re on your medication. However, you may consult your doctor to know if your medication is harmless. Until you do so, label the container of your milk and store it separately.

If, after all these measures, your little one shows signs of having a reaction, you must inform your doctor. The signs and symptoms to watch out for in your baby include fussiness, rashes, or a change in eating and sleeping habits. Pampers India has more than just a bunch of tips and advice for mothers on medication. We have been with you through your prenatal journey and are ready with answers to all your post pregnancy queries too. Browse through our list of expert breast-feeding tips and you may find answers to other questions as well.

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9 Comment(s)

  • by MyToothless Posted May 12, 2017 2:52 pm

    Self medication is never advised during breastfeeding you should always consult a doctor

    • by Ekta Posted June 2, 2017 1:55 pm

      Can’t agree more. Obviously we should consult our gynec before taking any medication. Thank you!

  • by Alpana Deo Posted May 12, 2017 9:44 pm

    That’s a good piece of advice. Most of the time, new mom face this dilemma.

    • by Ekta Posted June 2, 2017 1:53 pm

      Absolutely, it i most likely that during our pregnancy & post-delivery we fall sick with a cold/cough/indigestion/congestion or any other baggage that comes with pregnancy. At some point we have to take medication to provide quick relief. It is important to consult our gynec to decide what is the best possible(least harmful) drug to the body.

  • by preetjyot kaur Posted May 13, 2017 6:28 pm

    Hey that’s such an informative post.. Should be helpful for all pregnant moms.

    • by Ekta Posted June 2, 2017 1:44 pm

      Thanks Preetijyot. Glad you found it useful!

  • by Minakshi Bajpai Posted May 14, 2017 1:50 am

    Ohh I did not knew all this. thanks for writing. I am sure Bfeeding mothers like me would definitely get help from this.

  • by Priya Posted May 14, 2017 2:47 am

    As a breastfeeding mother you need to be cautious of the medication .. This post is really informative

  • by Afsha Galar Posted May 15, 2017 5:26 pm

    Will obviously there was a list of medicines that was prescribed by the doctor obviously you can’t take over the counter on medicines

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