Can I take medicines when I’m breastfeeding?
When you are breastfeeding, medicines you take that can pass into breastmilk will usually be at such low concentrations that they won’t present a risk to your baby. However, there are some medicines that can pass into the milk at high enough concentrations to cause side effects in babies.
Prescription medicines are not the only medicines that you may need to be careful about using while breastfeeding. Non-prescription medicines, herbal and natural medicines, and vitamin and mineral supplements may also have risks.
So before taking any medicine, check with a trusted health professional about the effect that it could have on your baby and potential effects on breastmilk production.
Call the Medicines Line
If you are breastfeeding and have questions about medicines, you can call the Medicines Line on 1300 633 424 or 1300 MEDICINE (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEST) and speak to a registered pharmacist about medicines (prescription, over-the-counter and complementary).