Monday, October 22, 2012

Medications allowed during breastfeeding

Many illnesses, including depression, can be treated while you are breastfeeding without harming your baby. Small amounts of whatever medicines you take will pass through your breast milk to your baby, so always tell your doctor, dentist or pharmacist that you are breastfeeding.
Medicines that can be taken while breastfeeding include:
Most antibiotics
Common painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen (but not aspirin)
hayfever medicines such as Clarityn and Zirtek  
cough medicines (provided they don’t make you drowsy)
Asthma inhalers, and
Normal doses of vitamins.
You can use some methods of contraception but not all, so check with your GP or pharmacist. Some cold remedies are not suitable.
It’s fine to have dental treatments, local anesthetics, injections (including mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), tetanus and flu injections) and most types of operations. You can also dye, perm or straighten your hair, use fake tan and wear false nails.
Some drugs are dangerous for your baby, so talk to your midwife, health visitor, GP or pharmacist if this is a concern.
More advices
Your GP or pharmacist may like to look at the facts from the National Formulary for Children to see what medicines can be given to babies and children, as these are likely to be safe for mothers to take when breastfeeding.

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