Which drugs are the safest?

Most antibacterials, antivirals, anti-epileptics, antihypertensives, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), anticoagulants, and prednisone compounds are usually safe in breast-fed infants.

You can become pregnant while you’re breast-feeding (despite the common myth that suggests otherwise), so you should use some type of contraception if you want to avoid another pregnancy right away. Although birth-control pills are generally considered safe for nursing mothers, their effects on breast milk vary widely depending on the type. Estrogen in these pills may decrease the quantity of breast milk, so a progestin-only “mini- pill” may be preferred.

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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