Can I Take Medicine while Breastfeeding?

Whatever a mom puts in her body will find its way into her breastmilk, so it’s understandable that moms are concerned about taking medicine – including over-the-counter (OTC) drugs – while breastfeeding.

Many common drugs are safe for breastfeeding moms - including pain relievers, antacids, and antihistamines. You should check with your healthcare provider and an IBCLC before taking any medication while breastfeeding.

Why be so thorough?

Because new research and information is constantly being presented, it’s important to run the question by qualified people before putting something in your body. It is important to inquire about using these products with a professional who is specifically knowledgeable about breastfeeding as there are still many unfounded concerns about medications and breastfeeding.

24/7 help now available in Baby app

We recently launched the Lansinoh Helpline in our Baby app so you can get instant breastfeeding help from an IBCLC when you need it - even in the middle of the night! IBCLCs can help with medication concerns and can also help with challenges like pain, latching, milk supply, returning to work and more. Click here to for more information on our app for iOS and Android.

The Infant Risk Center

We also recommend also reaching out to the Infant Risk Center at Texas Tech University. Run by Dr. Thomas Hale, the Infant Risk Center provides information on medications and their safety for use by pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. They also have a hotline in place that can answer your breastfeeding and medicine questions: 806-352-2519.