Drugs that are always or often cons-indicated
- Antibiotics: very little are cons-indicated while others must be used with precaution and monitored by a doctor.
- Antidepressants: some of them have no effect while others require a close monitoring of the baby.
- Lithium (for bipolar disorder): should only be prescribed to stable and reliable women and any signs of lethargy, suction decrease and hypotonia (decreased muscle tone) in the baby must be reported to a doctor.
- Anticonvulsants: some of them cause little exposure while others may cause medium to high exposure in the infant.
- Antihistamines: only certain brands.
- Sedatives and sleeping pills: taken in strong doses, it can cause drowsiness in the baby.
- Beta-blockers (for heart problems): some can be used while others raise concerns.
- Cancer drugs: usually cons-indicated.
- Narcotics: usually cons-indicated.
Breastfeeding on medication: warnings
- Do not self-medicate. Consult your doctor or your pharmacist and avoid combining drugs.
- Your doctor should only treat you if it is truly necessary and avoid prescribing “comfort” drugs.
- Take your medication just after feeding or schedule the feedings so that your child doesn’t drink when the drugs are peaking.
- Mothers of premature babies should be even more careful.