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Got a cold? The flu? Keep breastfeeding….




Citing the need to keep breastfeeding babies “safe,” doctors often tell breastfeeding mothers who get sick and need medication to stop breastfeeding, unaware that most medications are safe to take while breastfeeding.

In an effort to keep mothers breastfeeding during bouts of illness, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its Clinical Report.

Cheston Berlin, Jr. M.D. was one of the first to examine the transfer of drugs and chemicals into human milk. His investigation culminated in the release of the first AAP Clinical Report on the subject in 1983 (multiple revisions followed). Berlin was also instrumental in the development of LactMed. A comprehensive, online database housed in the National Library of Medicine, LactMed contains current drug information, leaving the AAP Clinical Report to focus on “selected topics.”

The most recent Clinical Report discusses proposed changes in drug labeling and provides an update on the use of antidepressants, smoking cessation drugs, drugs to treat substance/alcohol abuse, pain medications, galactogogues, herbal products, diagnostic imaging drugs, and vaccines in breastfeeding mothers.

Read the full report here.

Not only does breastfeeding while you are sick keep your baby healthier….Most of the prescribed drugs you may get are OK to take while breastfeeding!



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