"Many medications can be used safely by women who are breastfeeding!”
That’s the headline making waves across parenting websites this week.
This after a clinical report from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) committee on drugs says “mothers may be ‘inappropriately advised’ to stop breastfeeding or to stop taking their medications, for fear the drugs will be passed through breast milk and harm infants,” reports bdlive.
So does that mean you can take medicines if you’re breastfeeding?
“It’s hard to make a blanket recommendation on what drugs are fine for the mother because it’s going to depend on multiple factors,” paediatrician Dr Sachs told CBS News. After all, all medicines differ.
What is good news is that the committee found no concerns associated with breastfeeding and taking medication except for the following classes of drugs: Pain medications, antidepressants, drugs that treat substance or alcohol abuse, or help women quit smoking.
Breastfeeding mothers need to do their research
Before you decide to stop breastfeeding or avoid medication and put your own health at risk, speak to your doctor about how safe the drug is.
If he can’t give you an answer or you want a second opinion, check out Lactmed.
The site includes the most up-to-date scientific knowledge on how much of a given drug you pass onto your baby during breastfeeding, its effects and possible alternatives you should consider.