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Breast Milk and Medications

Questions frequently arise regarding the safety of breastfeeding when a mother is taking prescription medications or is considering an over-the-counter preparation. Fortunately, a wide variety of substances are compatible with breastfeeding. If there is any doubt regarding safety, resources should be used to provide an evidence-based answer. Advising a cessation or interruption of breastfeeding should be limited to those situations where it is necessary and should not be used as a "safe" way to manage a lack of information.

LactMed (a searchable database) - NIH

The Transfer of Drugs and Chemicals into Human Milk - AAP

Radiologic Contrast Media and Human Milk - ACR

 

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