Tribeca Pediatrics
Breastfeeding Support

List of medications which are safe to take 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.

  • Nursing and Anesthesia

    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.

  • Over-the-Counter Medications

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

  • Acceptable Antibiotics

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

    and Oral Vancomycin.

  • Anti-depressants

    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.

  • Alcohol

    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.

  • Acceptable Allergy Medications

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

  • Acceptable Antifungals

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

  • Acceptable Cold Medications

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

  • Acceptable Pain Medications

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

Lactation Consultant
Tribeca Pediatrics recommends Quetzal Currie, IBCLC, and her team for breastfeeding support.

Quetzal has been working with new and expecting moms for over 20 years, with training as a midwife, lactation consultant, and parenting educator. Our patients value her expertise as well as her modern, fresh and practical approach to newborn care and breastfeeding.
(917) 727-1138