Medications and Breastfeeding

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.