The following list is a quick reference for common medications that are generally safe to take while breastfeeding. As always, take any medication as directed by your health care provider.
Bactrim – use with caution with premature infants, infants with jaundice or G6PD
Wellbutrin – use with caution
Decongestants/Cough Suppressants/Allergy Medications
Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) – some research indicates it can decrease milk supply, avoid if able
Contrast Dye/General Anesthesia
In general, safe to breastfeed. No need to pump and dump.
Aleve (Naproxen) – short term use or infrequent use preferred.
Aspirin – wait to feed for 2-3 hours after dose.
Oxycodone – watch for sedation in infant.
Hydrocodone – watch for sedation in infant
Infant Risk Helpline: 1-866-352-2519 (M-F, 8a.m. -5p.m. CT)
Infant Risk Center Webpage: www.infantrisk.com
Duquesne Mylan School of Pharmacy: 412-396-4600 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. during the academic year)
Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh: 412-246-4726