Medications and breastfeeding

Medications and breastfeeding

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

Lucille Beseler, RDN

Is co-author of Nurturing with Nutrition and a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representing over 100,000 Nutrition professionals, while also active as a clinical dietitian in South Florida.

Article in collaboration with: Melanie Bazarte, PhD

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

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