Medicine Use During Breastfeeding

Most of the medications are safe and can be taken during breastfeeding. However, there are some medicines whose use is contraindicated during breastfeeding. It is advisable to consult with your doctor before taking any medication. Alternating medication may be prescribed if the pill may cause harm to the baby. Also, the doctor may give you a specific time to breastfeed when the drug amount in the body would be less. If you take medicines for a chronic condition, you will be asked to stop your breastfeeding temporarily or permanently. In case of temporary withdrawal, breast milk can be pumped and stored, while in case of a permanent withdrawal, which is very rare, weaning and infant formula suggestion should be obtained from the doctor.

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I am 19 weeks pregnant and HIV positive. Will I be able to breastfeed my baby?

Query: Hi,I was recently diagnosed with HIV positive, and I am 19 weeks pregnant. My concern is whether it will be safe for me to breastfeed my baby? And what happens if I do not have enough breast milk to make my baby full? If I can not exclusively breastfeed my baby, do I have to top up with formula milk...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I am sorry to hear about your situation. You are under medication, and your baby can get medicine from you. So, I have the following suggestions for you- 1. After baby delivery, you can take Nevirapine (NVP) drops imme...  Read Full »

My wife is a lactating mother, and she has a runny nose and throat pain. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is having a runny nose and severe throat pain since today morning. She does not have a fever, and she has taken a Levocetirizine tablet. She is a breastfeeding mother. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and I am sorry for such discomfort. You have mentioned symptoms of runny nose and throat pain since today morning. It is probably a common cold, possibly due to a viral infection. Since she is a lactating mother, I would suggest the following:...  Read Full »

When to breastfeed after taking tablet U35?

Query: Hi doctor, After taking tablet U35, how long should I wait to breastfeed again? Give your suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for contacting me. I understand you are breastfeeding and have taken U35, which contains Acetaminophen and Codeine Phosphate. It is alright to take Acetaminophen until a dose of two grams, but ingestion of Codeine is not recommended. The reason is that Codei...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get a tooth pulled after three months of a C-section?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a C-section before three months. Is it safe to pull my tooth right now? I am having a terrible toothache.   Read Full »

Dr. Arya Kaushik Bharat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have done C-section before three months, it is safe to visit a dentist for getting treatment. You will be giving breastfeeding to your baby and you need to take some precautions. You need to take safe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines during feeding...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take Omeprazole when breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I am nursing a 2 month old, and I was told that I need to take Omeprazole. I have gallstones. So, my question is, is it safe to take 40 mg Omeprazole once daily while breastfeeding? My PCP says I should not, but the baby's pediatrician said it is alright. So, I am not sure what to do.  Read Full »

Dr. Sujata Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Every drug taken by the mother will affect the baby. Omeprazole has fewer side effects, but it is not thoroughly studied for a breastfeeding mother. So, it is best that you take it on and off. Gallstones do not necessarily require Omeprazole. I suggest you avo...  Read Full »

Can taking Eptoin while breastfeeding affect the baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is taking Eptoin 100 thrice in a day. Just 13 days back she delivered a baby girl. Should I be worried about this when she is feeding the baby?  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to during whole pregnancy can cause fetal hydantoin syndrome and also can cause neural tube defects. Phenytoin is secreted in breast milk but the most chance of baby getting affected are in the first three months of pregnancy. But in your case, she already delivered ...  Read Full »

Can Cefuroxime be taken by a breastfeeding mother?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is suffering from fever from the last 3 to 4 days. She was taking P650, Calpol 500 twice daily. But the fever is still persisting. Today we contacted a local doctor and he prescribed Zocef CV 500 antibiotic course for three days. But we have a one and half-month-old baby girl ...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Though the low level of Cefuroxime (Zocef) is being secreted in breast milk and postulated possible side effects are a change of intestinal flora of the baby and may lead to diarrhea. But the prospective studies failed to show such kind of the side effects in the study ...  Read Full »

My wife has swelling and pain on her toe. Does she require surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife has swelling and pain on her toe (pictures attached). Sometimes, blood and pus also secrete from it. Can you please suggest what we should do? Can this be healed through medicine? Please advise the medicine we should use. Does she require any surgery? Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Datta Ram. U

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Does she have any comorbidities like diabetes? Does she have a fever too? It looks like a condition called paronychia or periungual abscess, an infection of the nail fold and bed. It needs the f...  Read Full »

Which tablet to take to delay periods for vacation while still breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I am breastfeeding (not exclusively) my 9-month-old baby due to which I am having irregular periods almost every month. They get delayed for 10 to 15 days. Now, I am on vacation and really do not want my periods for at least 10 days to come as there will be a lot o...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In breastfeeding, serum prolactin increases. That helps in milk production. Even for increasing breast milk production, sometimes prolactin has been given. Prolactin depresses/reduces/disturbs the menstrual cycle. Before six months of age, breastfeeding mothers bett...  Read Full »

Please suggest flu medicines that are safe for a lactating mother.

Query: Hello doctor,My wife today woke up with a bit of body ache, sore throat, and slight fever. She is a lactating mother of a 12 month old baby girl. She is also believed to get pregnant this week. So kindly prescribe the required medicines for her to take which are safe both for a lactating mother and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to She will need to rely mostly on home remedies as she is lactating. However, I did not understand the part where you have mentioned she is expecting to get pregnant this week. It is harmful to her health if she conceives again so soon as I am sure you must be aware. K...  Read Full »

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