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Pump and Dump?

First consider this excerpt from The American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report:

“Many mothers are inappropriately advised to discontinue breastfeeding or avoid taking essential medications because of fears of adverse effects on their infants. This cautious approach may be unnecessary in many cases, because only a small proportion of medications are contraindicated in breastfeeding mothers or associated with adverse effects on their infants14.”

The Preface of Medications and Mothers’ Milk by Hale & Rowe states, “The risks of formula feeding are significant and should not be trivialized. Few drugs have documented side effects in breastfed infants, and we know most of these10.”

Before you start wondering…

  • If I take this medication, then pump and dump it, is it safe to then breastfeed my baby?

  • If I take this medication and it’s not safe to breastfeed, should I pump and dump the milk?

It’s always best to check a resource, talk to your Doctor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) about your options before doing anything unnecessary i.e. dumping your precious breastmilk!

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