lactation consultant

Quetzal (Ket-sal) Currie is our Internationally
Board Certified Lactation Consultant is here to offer breastfeeding support.

medications while nursing

Here are some medications you can take while nursing.



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Medications While Nursing

As a general rule, a drug that is nontoxic for you is nontoxic for your baby too. Many medications, however, carry a warning label not because they are known to be detrimental but because drug companies simply haven’t bothered testing the drugs’ safety in conjunction with nursing.

  • The local anesthesia you get at the dentist presents no danger. Anything more complicated would be administered by an anesthesiologist, who would take your condition into account.

  • Almost all over-the-counter medications such as painkillers and cold remedies are safe while breastfeeding when used in recommended doses.

  • Most antibiotics are safe while breast feeding, especially those that are prescribed for breast infections.

    and Oral Vancomycin.

  • Antidepressants have not been formally endorsed as safe for breastfeeding mothers, but we have seen many women who took small doses of Prozac or other antidepressants for postpartum depression while nursing, and their babies suffered no consequences. The problem is not simple. Often, the thought of discontinuing nursing is just too much, and it induces a sense of failure and worsens the depression. On the other hand, mothers who already have a tendency to depression will turn even bluer with the postpartum letdown and really need some help to get over the hump. When in doubt, discuss the matter with your doctor.

  • 1-2 drinks (beer, wine, cocktail) in a few hour period is acceptable with breastfeeding. If more then 3 drinks are going to be consumed in a sitting, breast milk should be expressed and discarded prior to next feed.

  • Prescription and OTC Nasal sprays, Prescription and OTC eye drops, OTC Claritin (Claritin-D is NOT acceptable), Allegra, and Zyrtec.

  • Oral Diflucan, Topical Nystatin or Lotrimin creme, Antiviral, Valtrex

  • Advil, Tylenol, Mucinex, No multi-symptom cough/cold medications with Sudafed should be used.

  • Vicodin, Percocet and Tylenol with Codine are safe to use while breastfeeding. If drowsiness in baby is noted, please contact our office.