Medications and breastfeeding

Medications and breastfeeding

The medicine that is safe to take, and should be avoided


Which medications are safe and which should you avoid while breastfeeding

Check with your pediatric provider before taking ANY medication

Usually Safe

  • Acetaminophen
  • Most non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID's) → Including ibuprofen 
  • Codeine 
  • Tetracycline
  • Amoxicillin 
  • Thyroid medications
  • Lidocaine 
  • Prednisone 
  • Most anti-histamines


  • Drugs like marijuana and cocaine
  • Radioactive drugs (like radioactive iodine)
  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Ergotamine (for migraines)
  • Aspirin
  • Lithium