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If a woman needs some of these medications, it is usually compatible with Breastfeeding.
Analgesic (*with narcotic) [See Anti-inflammatory]
Antihistamine Some women report a decreased milk supply.
Calcium Channel Blocker
Laxatives (Short term use is OK.)
Short term or occasional use is OK. These medications may be a concern for breastfeeding babies when used for prolonged therapy.
Aspirin* (Ibuprofen is preferred).
Phenobarbital* (Observe the infant for sedation, and measure amount in the infant.)
Reglan (Metaclopramide) May improve lactation, but limit therapy to just a few weeks. Refer to IBCLC for correct dosage guidelines
*Drugs that have been associated with significant effects on some nursing infants.
Drugs whose Effect on Breastfeeding Infants are Unknown and May be of Concern
Dalmane (Flurazepam) Observe infant for constipation or sedation.
SSRI Group (Luvox, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft)
Valium (Diazepam) Observe infant for sedation and weight loss.
Hormonal Birth Control Methods may reduce milk supply Not the first choice for breastfeeding women. If using, wait for at least six weeks until the milk supply is well established, and monitor the baby closely for weight gain. Non-hormonal birth control is preferred.
Drug warm line at the Lactation Center at the University of Rochester 716-275-0088