HOW DO I KNOW IF A MEDICATION OR PROCEDURE IS SAFE WHILE BREASTFEEDING

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As a breastfeeding mother, I used to think that there's no use in me going to the Doctor, as there are no medications they can prescribe me, since it might go into my milk and affect my baby.

Luckily I was mistaken, as I was really happy to find that there are many medications that are perfectly safe to take while breastfeeding, when I recently came down with a really bad case of the flu.
Breastfeeding mothers can even have medical procedures done such as going under general anesthesia for an operation, having x-rays, mammograms, MRI, CT and CAT Scans.

Most doctors and surgeons don't know much about breastfeeding or don't bother checking into the safety of medications. They simply say "You'll need to stop breastfeeding" as if they don't understand the importance of breastfeeding to us and the bond between mother and nursing baby. That is why us moms have to take initiative and check the safety our selves.

If you are prescribed medication and want to know the safety with regards to breastfeeding, you have the following options:

  • You can check the safety of the active ingredients on this website: http://www.e-lactancia.org/
    (You may have to do a bit of googling to find the scientific names of the ingredients first)

Remember that Leaders aren't allowed to recommend medications as they are not doctors, so if you ask "What can I drink for a cold", they can't comment.

However, if you were to phone the pharmacy for a list of medication names and then post the medications and active ingredient on the group, they can give you the safety ratings of each and you can decide which one you want to take.

  • La Leche League's Book: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding also has great information and resources.
  • You can use the "Search" function on the La Leche League SA group to locate the info provided previously on the medication or ingredients you have questions about.
  • You can download the InfantRisk app that carries a subscription charge.

The above resources are really helpful and it is important for mothers to know that there are many safe medications such as pain medications, flu medications and even antibiotics while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding mothers can even have medical procedures done such as going under general anesthesia for an operation, having x-rays, mammograms, MRI, CT and CAT Scans.

If you know a breastfeeding mother, be sure to share this knowledge with her so that she can better take care of herself and know her options for medicine and medical procedures.

Additional Information:

http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/med-risks/
http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/illness-surgery/mom-surgery/