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Medications and Breastfeeding

January 17, 2012

I was having problems with frequently choking and was prescribed some medicine for “silent reflux” by an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. She said that the medicine was “fine for a nursing mom”…..without checking. I wasn’t convinced she really knew.  I called my general practitioner to see if the medicine was okay for a nursing mom.

“NO!” she said, “take Pepcid instead.”

Just to double check that Pepcid was okay for a nursing woman, I called Kathy Lilleskov, who was my (amazing) lactation consultant with Willow. She looked Pepcid up in the trusty Thomas W. Hale book, “Medications and Mothers Milk.” Kathy did some of the medical translation for me and told me that Pepcid was an L-1 medicine. Huh? L-1 is a category for a medicine considered safe while breastfeeding. It was so nice to get immediate, trustworthy information.

If you don’t want to go out and buy the book, check out Thomas W. Hale’s website/forum.  He has some helpful information on the site and a great forum.  Hale will no longer answer questions from the public, but will from health professionals. However, search through the forum and you will see some of the answers he has posted.

The other site I love for information about medications and breastfeeding is Kelly Mom.  Between both sites and perhaps the book, you should be able to get your questions answered immediately.