Yes, you can!
The following information comes from MEDICATIONS AND MOTHERS’ MILK by Thomas Hale, 2012. He assigns every drug a lactation risk category: L1, safest; L2, safer; L3, moderately safe; L4, possible hazardous; and L5, contraindicated. He also lists if a drug has been reviewed and/or approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for use in nursing mothers. Possible risks to mother and baby are listed as well as possible effect on milk supply.
For more info you can call Dr. Hale’s InfantRisk hotline at (806) 352-2519
L2, safer; AAP: Maternal Medication Usually Compatible with Breastfeeding; Pediatric Concerns: None reported via milk. Limit degree and duration of exposure if possible. Short term use is safe. Highest concentration in milk one hour after taking the medication. Take right after nursing to reduce amount in milk.
The decision about continuing breastfeeding when the mother takes a drug is far more involved than whether the baby will get any in the milk. It also involves taking into consideration the risks of not breastfeeding, for the mother and the baby. And there are plenty of risks in not breastfeeding, so the question essentially boils down to: Does the addition of a small amount of medication to the mother’s milk make breastfeeding more hazardous than exclusive formula feeding? The answer is almost never. Breastfeeding with a little drug in the milk is almost always safer.
Quoting Alex5901:Thank you soooo much!! Trying to get a straight answer from doctors and pharmacists was like pulling teeth! Nobody wanted to commit to a definite answer, and all defaulted to "just formula feed while u are on it, and if u can get your milk back when you are done you can go back to breastfeeding" ugh. I said but I do not want to exclusively formula feed for this duration of time, this is a breastfed baby. "what's the harm in a little formula for a while" is what he replied with..... :/
Grrr. What's the harm...There are well documented known risks to switching to formula, even part time. That mentality frustrates me to no end! The risk of baby getting some prednnisone is less than the risks of formula feeding.
Quoting Traceyssel:I use to take 80mg a day, I'm being weened off it now for breast feeding, 3 drs told me it wasn't good for the baby.
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