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Over-the-counter (OTC) Medicine While Breastfeeding

Over-the-counter (OTC) Medicine While Breastfeeding

February 24, 2022

As moms, we rarely get to take "sick days" or have the freedom to lay in bed all day when we're not feeling well. So knowing what medications are safe to take can be especially helpful and important. While a quick google search can get you an answer fast, it isn't always trust worthy. 

Before diving into the list of trustworthy resources below it's important to mention that you should always consult your doctor first.


Talk about convenient! MommyMeds is a free app that allows you to simply search or scan the barcode of thousands of medications and receive fast, and easy to understand information on drug safety and ingredients.


Hale's Medications & Mothers' Milk

Developed by Dr. Thomas W. Hale, PhD, a perinatal pharmacologist. Hale's Medications states, it is the most current and up-to-date resource available on medications impact to the infant through breastfeeding. The online resource requires you to sign up for a subscription, but gives you access to 1,300+ drugs. There is also an app available, called Hale's, which is free but does require you to sign up for a subscription.



Developed by the National Institutes of Health, LactMed is an extensive database backed by scientific research. It's available online for free.



InfantRisk Center is a call center based out of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, TX. They are focused on drug research in breastfeeding mothers and being an accessible resource that you can call 8:00AM-5:00PM CST, Monday-Friday. 

They've put together a great resource that lists many of the common medications you might be wondering about and where each medication falls in regard to safety. You can check it out by clicking the picture below.


Homeopathic/ Naturopathic Remedies

While herbs are natural and can be a great option for common ailments there are herbs that can have a negative impact on milk supply or be harmful to mom and/or baby. If you're curious about herbs and natural treatments check out this list of herbs to avoid while breastfeeding on 



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