Which over-the-counter (OTC) medications are safe to use while breastfeeding?
- We prefer that you first try non-medication remedies.
- Limit the use of any medications to only what is necessary.
- Medications that are listed as safe below are safe only for short-term use (less than 1-2 weeks unless otherwise indicated).
- Medications that are safe during pregnancy are not necessarily safe while breastfeeding.
- If you are in doubt about the safety of a medication, it is always wise to consult a health care professional.
|Problem||Safe OTC Medications||Avoid||Safe non-medication remedies to try|
|Headache; backache||Tylenol (acetaminophen)
Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen)
|Upper respiratory infection||Homeopathic remedy:
Oscillococciunum-take at the first sign of any cold or flu symptoms; OTC potency is 6x-30C; take 3 doses in the first 24 hours; 10-15 granules is a dose
Mucinex/Robitussin (guaifenesin) or dextromethorphan
Sore throat sprays and lozenges containing camphor or menthol