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Can i use medication while breastfeeding?

I have anxiety and would like to take medication.

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jahrastafari

Asked by jahrastafari at 10:08 AM on Nov. 7, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You have to take to you Dr about what is safe to take.
    Raeann11

    Answer by Raeann11 at 10:10 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • I don't think you can, the meds can be passed on to your baby through the breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons, if your anxiety is that bad you may have to decide between the meds and breast feeding. If you can control the anxiety without meds until you are done breastfeeding, that would be best.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:10 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • You need to talk to your psychiatrist and your OB to find what would be safest for you to take.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 10:10 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Medicines are given Catagory letters as to how safe they are to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding.....such as Catagory A, B, C, D, etc.

    You can go here and look up ANY drug to see if it's safe: http://www.safefetus.com/Search.asp
    Mom2Jack04

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 10:14 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • check out this website. lactmed.com. most doctors dont know about bf or what you can take. this website tells you what medecines are safe for bf
    piwife

    Answer by piwife at 10:40 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • I would definitely talk with your doctor.
    MamaNata

    Answer by MamaNata at 3:14 PM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Many meds ARE safe. Is there a particular med you are concerned about? IBCLC's know what's safe, as well as Dr Thomas Hale, he's got a book "Medications and Mothers Milk" or you can check his website, or lact-med database, just google it.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:47 PM on Nov. 7, 2010

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