Medication Safety Tips for the Breastfeeding Mom
If you are breastfeeding and plan to take any kind of drug—whether prescription or over-the-counter—be sure to discuss with your doctor or your child’s pediatrician. While many medications are safe during breastfeeding, a few can have serious side effects for you and/or your baby—and they are not necessarily the same ones that were most concerning during pregnancy.
What the AAP Recommends
Much is still unknown regarding long-term effects of various kinds of medications on your baby. For this reason, while you are breastfeeding, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends to take medication only when absolutely necessary, and to take the lowest dose for the shortest time possible.
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