Drugs in Lactation by Tom Hale PhD RPh- Information on medications and lactation by a recognized expert. Research subjects needed for a variety of studies on medical conditions and medications. Dr. Hale’s Breastfeeding and Medications Forum (medical professionals may post questions, others may search the forum for information).
If you aren’t sure about the safety of a drug during breastfeeding, Medications and Mother’s Milk is generally considered the best reference to check. If someone has advised you not to nurse while taking a certain drug, please use this resource to be sure you are comfortable with the advice you’ve been given. Your La Leche League Leader or Lactation Consultant has access to a copy.
A full version of Medications & Mother’s Milk is now available for your Palm Pilot here.
LactMed – look up drugs: A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider. NEW
Some AAP- Approved Medications for Nursing Mothers
Cold & Allergy Remedies Compatible with Breastfeeding
Is this herb safe for Nursing Moms?– from Kelly’s AP
What is a galactagogue? Do I need one? -Kelly’s AP
Pain Medications and BF -Kelly’s AP
Drugs That Have Been Associated With Significant Effects on Some Nursing Infants and Should Be Given to Nursing
Mothers With Caution -American Academy of Pediatrics
Anesthetic Meds and BF – Kelly’s AP
Antidepressant & & Depression info – Leaven (see also postpartum depression, depression)
Antidepressants at Drugs & Breastfeeding from BF Basics
Antidepressants: Ok for nursing moms?
Antidepressants: Safe while nursing a toddler?
Artemesia/ Wormwood & Wormwood
Asthma – Flovent, Proventil and Claritin– are these ok?
Belladonna/Hyland’s Teething Tablets
Biaxin antibiotic -L2 lactation risk category (“safer”) in 2002 Hale’s Medications’s & Mother’s Milk
Birth control pills and bf
Carisoprodol (muscle relaxant)
Chicken pox vaccine
Chromium Picolinate -ParentsPlace.com
Colitis meds- Prednisone and Asacol
Contraindicated for Nursing Mothers? – scroll down the page for details on which drugs should not be taken while breastfeeding.
Decongestants – pseudoephedrine (Sudafed & others with this ingredient)
Depression – Treatment Options for Depressed Breastfeeding Mothers: Allopathic, Alternative, and Lifestyle Changes–Leaven (see also antidepressants, postpartum depression)
DHA Supplements for Nursing Moms – KellyMom.com
Diflucan for thrush – ParentsPlace IBCLC
Domperidone and Domperidone 2 by Dr. Jack Newman
Domperidone FDA Warning – Information from Dr. Thomas Hale, R.Ph., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics Texas Tech School of Medicine
Domperidone– Information & How to Obtain Domperidone (Motilium)
Domperidone- How to obtain domperidone (Motillium™) from the BFAR website
Domperidone (Motilium) – general information sheet for doctors and Motilium for Increasing Milk Supply -from the same website
Domperidone- How Can I Increase My Milk Supply? by Becky Flora, IBCLC
Domperidone- Effect of domperidone on milk production in mothers of premature newborns: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. (see also the link from the journal website; PDF version)
Domperidone- On the pharmacokinetics of domperidone in animals and man. IV. The pharmacokinetics of intravenous domperidone and its bioavailability in man following intramuscular, oral and rectal administration -Among other things, this study found that that absorption of domperidone increased from 13% to 23% when domperidone was given 90 minutes after eating.
Domperidone, Canadian study on
Domperidone– Data sheet on domperidone
Dramamine for seasickness
Drugs and Breastfeeding by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Emergency Contraceptives (Day After Pills), also see Morning after pills & bf
Empirin #3 or #4
Fenugreek seed for Increasing Milk Supply – Kelly’s AP
Fenugreek:Fenugreek Fact Sheet/Patient Handout
Fenugreek & Diabetes
Fenugreek: One Remedy for Low Milk Production. By Kathleen E. Huggins, RN, MS
Fenugreek – Overlooked but not Forgotten– BF Online
Fenugreek/Low Milk Supply Hospital Policy
Ginsing Safe for Nursing Mothers?
Guide to Galactogogues (supply enhancers)
Is this Herb safe for Nursing Moms? -Kelly’s AP Website
Herbal Remedies for Increasing Supply– from Kelly’s AP website
Herbal Safety for Nursing Moms– Kelly’s AP
Herbs & Breastfeeding -Breastfeeding Abstracts, Sheila I. Humphrey, BSc, RN, IBCLC
Dennis J. McKenna, PhD
Herbals & Breastfeeding – Which herbals are safe to take while breastfeeding? Here’s a guide to popular herbs and their potential risk to nurslings. Frank Nice, National Institutes of Health
Herbs & Breastfeeding – Dr. Ruth Lawrence at Breastfeeding.com
Herbs to Avoid During BF -Kelly’s AP
Homeopathic Belladonna/Hyland’s Teething Tablets
Homoeopathic remedies ok?
Hormonal birth control and bf
Hyland’s Teething Tablets– I think this page is gone.
Ibuprofen safe while nursing?
Imodium safe while nursing?
Information on Medication Use During Lactation, geared toward Pros
Lice & Scabies Medications
Methodone & BF – from the AAP New 8/05
Mini-pill and bf? (“Progestin-only contraceptives”)
Morning after pills & bf
Morning after pills –Emergency Contraceptives (Day After Pills)
Natural Treatments for the bf mom
Oxycodone & Acetaminophen (Percocet)
Penicillin and BF
Percocet (combination of Oxycodone & Acetaminophen)
Phentermine, an appetite suppressant- is it safe?
Postpartum Depression: Can nursing lessen its impact? (see also antidepressants, depression)
Postpartum Adjustment Resource Guide (PPD) & Postpartum Depression and BF Mothers– from Kelly’s AP website
Prednisone and Asacol
Prednisone & Breastfeeding
Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed & others with this ingredient) More on Pseudoephedrine here.
“Pumping & Dumping” due to medication
Reglan & BF – Article for Parents from San Diego BF Coalition
Ask The Lactation Consultant: Reglan and Milk Production by Debbi Donovan, IBCLC
Using Reglan (Metoclopramide) to Increase Supply -article for parents
Using Reglan (Metoclopramide) to Increase Supply -Information sheet for health professional
Reglan to Increase Supply – for Professionals from San Diego BF Coalition
Chart on Relationship of Drugs to Breast Milk and Effect on Infant
Steriods/Methylprednisolone/Prednisone & Breastfeeding
St. John’s Wort
Tagamet and Pepcid
Tegretol for epilepsy
Treatment Options for Depressed Breastfeeding Mothers: Allopathic, Alternative, and Lifestyle Changes–Leaven
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
Tylenol with Codeine (Empirin #3 or #4 or Tylenol #3 or #4)
Valtrex– herpes medication
Wellbutrin (Zyban) and other antidpressants at Drugs & Breastfeeding from BF Basics
When a Nursing Mother Gets Sick (contains extensive info on over the counter medications) by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Which Drugs are Contraindicated for Nursing Mothers? – scroll down the page for details on which drugs should not be taken while breastfeeding.
Wormwood/Artemesia & Wormwood
Xanax & BF
Yeast infection treatment
You Can Still Breastfeed (Maternal Medications) by Jack Newman, MD
Zyban and other antidpressants at Drugs & Breastfeeding from BF Basics
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