AAP clinical report: Most medications safe to take while breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a clinical report confirming the recommendation that most medications and immunizations are safe while breastfeeding.

The report, The Transfer of Drugs and Therapeutics into Human Breast Milk: An Update on Selected Topics, which can be found in the journal Pediatrics, suggests in most cases, doctors, acting cautiously, will give women unnecessary advice to stop taking medications while breastfeeding or in some cases stop breastfeeding altogether. This may be due to lack of available information about the particular drug and the amount it appears in human breast milk.

LactMed, the free online database with information regarding drugs and lactation, is a great resource for health care practitioners and breastfeeding mothers. LactMed provides access to more than 450 drug records and has the most up-to-date data on medications. LactMed is also available on-the-go with their app for mobile phones.

Breastfeeding benefits both mom, baby and the economy. Human breast milk consists of antibodies and nutrients, protects against obesity and provides emotional nurturing for strong, healthy babies. More healthy babies equals less money spent on trips to the hospital and clinic visits.

Read the full report here.