You have a horrible cold or flu and need to know if there is anything you can take to help reduce your symptoms and perhaps help you feel more comfortable. Perhaps you need dental work and you are concerned about anesthesia. Breastfeeding mothers do get urinary tract infections and thrush. They can suffer from allergies or experience other temporary health issue that they need to take medication for. Some mothers have an ongoing health issue for which they need to take daily medication. Breastfeeding is going well and you don’t want to stop, but you need to know if the medication is safe to take during breastfeeding. What to do?
If you are looking for the most current information on medications and safety with breastfeeding, I have answers for you. Okay, well I don’t really have the answers for you. I have excellent resources to share with you so you can be empowered to find out the information yourself. This will save you time and energy. The first excellent resource is:
1. The Infant Risk Center is your “go to” website that you will want to bookmark.
You will find yourself checking this website to find out safety of medications not only during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but you can get great info on whether you can safely take a medication vs. weaning or pumping and dumping. I continue to have good feedback about the use of this site. Please let me know if you had a good experience or if you have anything else to share.
2. You can check out Lact Med which is an app that you can download to your Iphone or Android. Here is a screen shot of the app. As you can see, it is chock full off information. I have used this app frequently and it is very easy to navigate and to understand.