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Thread: Does pills while nursing affect baby's growth?

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    Does pills while nursing affect baby's growth?

    is there any effect?

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    Taking medications while breastfeeding is a common concern among mothers who are providing breast milk to their babies.

    Although many drugs are safe to use when you're breastfeeding, most will get into your milk to some degree and may even affect your milk supply. To be safe, check with your child's doctor before taking any kind of medication, even over-the-counter drugs.

    If someone suggests that you should wean temporarily while taking a certain medication, keep in mind that the potential risk of mum’s use of medication while breastfeeding needs to be weighed against several factors:

    The known risks of formula feeding, including allergy, increased illness, etc. Many of the risks of formula feeding are not apparent for many years.

    The risk of baby not going back to the breast.
    Many babies have a hard time returning to breastfeeding after temporary weaning.
    The risk to mum’s milk supply. Milk supply may be compromised since pumps do not provide the same stimulation to supply as does a nursing baby. My favorite reference is Medications and Mothers’ Milk by Thomas Hale, PhD, which is updated every couple of years. a quick google search will take you right to his site.

    Talking to baby’s pediatrician (in addition to your own doctor) can also be a good idea. Baby’s doctor will generally know more about the effects of medications on infants and young children, and whether a medication is typically given directly to infants or young children. Baby’s doctor will also be aware of any particular health concerns that your baby has with respect to a particular medication.

    If you’re having problems finding the information you need, contact a local lactation consultant, or breastfeeding counselor.

    Happy Breastfeeding!

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    Thank you for respond this will help.

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