• Avoid drinking alcohol; if you do have a drink, have it right after nursing.
• Try to avoid consuming caffeine, which can build up in your baby’s system and cause nervousness, irritability, and poor feeding. One cup of coffee in the morning is probably okay, but it’s better to switch to decaffeinated coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
• Don’t smoke near babies. It increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and it can also reduce milk production and restrict weight gain by the infant.
• Keep nursing if you get a cold, the flu, or a bacterial infection. By the time you experience symptoms of these illnesses, your baby has probably already been exposed. Also, your baby can receive helpful antibodies through your milk.
• If you can’t breastfeed while you’re ill, express your milk so that it can be refrigerated and used as needed.
• You can continue to nurse if you have mastitis (infection of the breast). Even with severe infections and breast abscesses, you need to stop breast-feeding for only a short period.
• Silicone breast implants probably have no harmful effects on breast milk or the nursing process. • Don’t breast-feed if you have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or tuberculosis. It may not be advisable to nurse if you have had breast cancer.
Breast-feeding is prohibited in very few medical situations. In most cases, you can work with your doctor to find medications that will control your symptoms while allowing you and your baby to enjoy all of the benefits of nursing.
Source article: What You Should Know About Medication Use While Breast-Feeding
Patient Handout prepared by Patricia L. Van Horn using materials from the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (http://home.aafp.org).
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