Oct 1, 2010
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Safe Rx For Breastfeeding Mothers



Among women who breastfeed whatever is consumed have some potential effects on their infants. Regrettably, it could be tricky in comprehending if the medicines one takes are causing more harm than being of assistance and one is left pondering about the safety quotient. Although there is ample information out there about which medications are plausibly risk-free for intake, but the issue is that several physicians and chemists do not have this information.

Explicated herewith are risk-free choices for nursing mothers to treat a number of widespread health problems. In case doable, mothers are advised on taking these medications at the conclusion of a breastfeeding session so that lesser medicine is entering the breast milk. It is imperative to discuss with the physician in case one has an incessant condition that requires treatment.

Headaches or pains

Duo medications that could be safely used by breastfeeding mothers during headaches are:

  • Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

It is recommended to steer clear of Aspirin intake since it is a known offender in development of Reye’s syndrome (a lethal disease striking rapidly and could assault any infant, teenager or adults sans caveat and affecting all organs of the body).

UTI (Urinary Tract Infections)

For nursing mothers antibiotic course belonging to the group mentioned below are recommended.

  • Ciprofloxacin – Cipro.
  • Penicillin.
  • Nitrofurantoin group – Macrobid.

All these have the nod of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). Also sulfa based medications like Bactrim/Septra could be taken by nursing mothers a couple of weeks following delivery since their use soon following child delivery could be causal to jaundice in a newly born which could be far lethal to them.

Depressive Tendencies

The following antidepressant medications are deemed safe options for nursing mothers since they help in regulating amounts of the brain chemical serotonin that proffers a sense of satisfaction or happiness.

  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
  • Wellbutrin
  • Effexor

A number of doctors’ advice on avoiding antidepressant medicines like Tofranil, Elavil.

Allergies, Coughs and Colds

Among antihistamines Claritin is deemed the best and Diphenhydramine – Benadryl is safest for mothers with infants over a month’s old although it could be causal to sleepiness in the baby and affecting his/her capability of nursing. It is best to steer clear from antihistamine types having sedation side-effects in case the infant is pre-term or underweight or using apnoea monitors.

For mothers suffering from cough, medications containing solely guaifenesin are deemed to provide succour to congested chests and could be safely taken, though several specialists deem these as ineffectual. It is best to keep away from taking dextromethorphan – a widely used cough-combating constituent since it hasn’t yet been reassessed by scientists. Cold could be safely tackled by the use of decongestants like pseudoephedrine having Sudafed as the active constituent which is non-harmful to the baby; however novel information indicates that it lowers the amount of breast milk being produced. Hence, mothers having lesser milk being produced should ideally be avoiding this medicine. Also mothers must keep away from multi-symptom allergy-cold cures since in the process they may take substances that are not needed for the mother and infant.

Herb Route

There is practically zilch information on the permeation of herb forms to a breastfed baby hence it is safest to steer clear from them.

The following herb types have been found to have detrimental impact among adult populaces.

  • Chaparelle
  • Feverfew
  • Comfrey
  • Ephedra – ma huang
  • Kava-kava
  • Blue Cohosh
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