“If you must take medicine that is not safe for your baby, and there is no safe alternative, talk to your doctor about temporarily discontinuing breastfeeding,” said Dr. Karpac. “If you are going to take the medicine in a single dose or for a short time, bottle-feed previously expressed breast milk or formula to your baby, but keep up your milk supply by pumping your breasts and discarding the milk while taking the medication.” When the medicine has left your system, you can return to breastfeeding your baby.
Many breastfeeding mothers try herbal remedies for a variety of problems, such as to increase milk supply. “As with any medicine,” says Dr. Karpac, “do not take herbs without talking with your doctor. The effects of most herbal remedies on babies are unknown.”
As we observe National Breastfeeding Month, we encourage you to connect with your primary care physician for breastfeeding support and any questions you may have. We can provide the resources you need to support you and your baby’s health and wellness.
The Mayo Clinic
United States Breastfeeding Committee
Charity A. Karpac, MD, MPH
St. Joseph Family Medicine - Austin’s Colony