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Can Moms Take Meds While Breastfeeding?

Mom breastfeedingA new report from the influential American Academy of Pediatrics says that breastfeeding moms can take most medications without risking their baby’s health, including certain anti-depressants and pain relievers. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the report is the first to address the issue in more than a decade.

"There are very few drugs that are contraindicated while breastfeeding," Ruth Lawrence, M.D.,  professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology told the Wall Street Journal. She added that about 80 percent of new mothers leave the hospital breastfeeding their babies, but after three months, only about 30 percent are still nursing. Worry about the potential harm to the baby from medications is one reason for the drop-off.

Lawrence, a renowned global expert on breastfeeding medicine who has spent her career researching and advising women and physicians on the topic, is thrilled with the new report. She hopes it solidifies the message that medications should not be an obstacle to breastfeeding, which provides extremely important health benefits to mom and baby.

Read the Wall Street Journal story here. Lawrence also spoke to the Huffington Post (story here) and MedPage Today (story here). 

Emily Boynton | 8/27/2013 | 2 comments


Remedy Land
This is an important issue, because there are so many great benefits of breastfeeding. For example:

- you never have to worry about having enough food
- Reduced medical bills
- cost-effective, cheap
- environment friendly
- high in antibodies
- just the right nutrients
- easily digested by baby
- helps to mature baby’s digestive system
- changes as baby grows, to suit his needs!
- It’s a special gift made just by you for your baby!

The following is a list of those things found specifically in breast milk that are specific to growth, maturation of organs and bodily systems and immunological protection: Secretory Iga, IgG, IgE, IgM, IgD, interferon, interleukins, cytokines, necleotides, gangliosides, lysozyme, antibacterial factors, antiviral factors, bifidus factor, oligosaccharides, lactoferrin, lymphocytes, maorphages, neutrophils.

Infants who are fed artificial baby milk are significantly more likely to require medical care for otitis media, lower respiratory tract illness, or gastrointenstinal illness than infants who are breastfed for at least three months.
6/19/2014 1:55:51 PM
Most medications have a "patient information leaflet", and they usually contain advice about if the med is suitable when breastfeeding. An example of one from the FDA website is here: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/UCM164733.pdf
9/16/2013 1:16:58 AM