Susan K. Schulman MD Author of "Understanding Your Child's Health" explains which medication you should not take when breastfeeding and which you can.
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Which Medications Not to Take When Breastfeeding Male: A big problem sometimes in people’s minds is medication and breastfeeding. Most medications are probable okay. Can you sort of mention the common likes people have been concern about if they could be use and not use? Dr Schulman: The pain killers are all okay. The antibiotics are all okay. The thyroid medicine is okay, pretty much all of blood pressure medications are okay. There are some chemotherapy agents that are not okay and even some of those are okay depending on the blood levels of the baby. The psychiatric drugs mostly are okay. They used to say that lithium isn't but it is. It can be found, the baby can have a blood test periodically and so far all the blood tests that we’ve done on babies with lithium, don’t show enough lithium in the system and it just don’t have any effect on the baby. The anti-depressions are pretty much okay. But any of these on occasion can be checked with the pharmacy when they were breastfeeding just to be sure. There are so many drugs that are okay that is hard to think of any that aren’t okay except for the chemotherapy. Male: So generally, we should check with your doctor and it’s a case by case. But one of the medicines that we were holding back seem not to be a focus, can do a blood test to that baby and see if we get arising blood test in babies, is that true? Dr Schulman: That’s right. We’ll do that with lot of track save now and we do with lithium, we’ll do it with other drugs that we used to say you couldn’t nurse on.