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Medications and alcohol in breastfeedingMMedications and alcohol in breastfeedingMedications and alcohol in breastfeedingEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDebbie Stone, RN, RLC Joyce Touw, BScN, PNC(C), RN, IBCLC, RLCAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC12.000000000000063.0000000000000412.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn which medications are considered harmful to a baby during breastfeeding, and the harmful effects that alcohol has on breastmilk.</p><p>If you need to take medication, you should still be able to breastfeed as the amount of medication passed to your baby will be very small. However, alcohol passes to the baby in higher concentrations and should only be consumed infrequently and in moderation.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Make sure to check with your doctor or lactation consultant before you take any medications, including herbal products, while breastfeeding.</li> <li>Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol while breastfeeding have been known to cause problems in babies including changes in sleep patters and hypoglycaemia.</li> <li>If you do decide to drink, do so in moderation because the alcohol will enter your breast milk.</li></ul>
Les médicaments et l’alcool pendant l'allaitementLLes médicaments et l’alcool pendant l'allaitementMedications and alcohol in breastfeedingFrenchNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDebbie Stone, RN, RLC Joyce Touw, BScN, PNC(C), RN, IBCLC, RLCAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC12.000000000000063.0000000000000412.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>L’alcool et certains médicaments peuvent être transmis à votre bébé par le lait maternel.</p><p>Si vous avez besoin de prendre des médicaments, vous devriez être en mesure d’allaiter puisque la quantité de médicaments qui est transmise au bébé est très petite. Cependant, l’alcool est transmis au bébé à une plus haute concentration et ne devrait être consommé que rarement et avec modération.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Assurez-vous de vérifier auprès de votre médecin ou votre consultant en allaitement avant de prendre tout médicament, y compris les produits à base de plantes, pendant que vous allaitez.</li> <li>Consommer une quantité modérée d’alcool pendant l’allaitement peut causer des problèmes aux bébés, selon des études, dont des modifications de leur rythme de sommeil et de l’hypoglycémie.</li> <li>Si vous décidez de boire, faites-le avec modération, car l’alcool sera transmis dans le lait maternel.</li></ul>

 

 

Medications and alcohol in breastfeeding442.000000000000Medications and alcohol in breastfeedingMedications and alcohol in breastfeedingMEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNAHealthy living and preventionAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDebbie Stone, RN, RLC Joyce Touw, BScN, PNC(C), RN, IBCLC, RLCAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC12.000000000000063.0000000000000412.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn which medications are considered harmful to a baby during breastfeeding, and the harmful effects that alcohol has on breastmilk.</p><p>If you need to take medication, you should still be able to breastfeed as the amount of medication passed to your baby will be very small. However, alcohol passes to the baby in higher concentrations and should only be consumed infrequently and in moderation.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Make sure to check with your doctor or lactation consultant before you take any medications, including herbal products, while breastfeeding.</li> <li>Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol while breastfeeding have been known to cause problems in babies including changes in sleep patters and hypoglycaemia.</li> <li>If you do decide to drink, do so in moderation because the alcohol will enter your breast milk.</li></ul><h2>Medications and breastfeeding</h2><p>Breast milk is the best food for your baby because it provides nutrition and antibodies to fight infection. Women should not feel that breastfeeding must stop if they need to take a medication. </p><p>It is important to keep in mind that although many drugs can pass through your breast milk to your baby, the amount that reaches your baby is very small. As a result, the vast majority of medications are compatible with breastfeeding. Some medications are considered to be safe when breastfeeding, although your baby may need to be followed up for sleepiness or other side effects. </p><p>A few drugs should be used with caution and medical supervision, for example, lithium. Recent research suggests that for pain after childbirth, drugs containing codeine, such as Tylenol 3s, should not be taken by the mother for longer than four days. </p><p>A few drugs that should NOT be taken while breastfeeding are: anticancer drugs, amiodarone, chloramphenicol, radioactive agents, tetracycline, and recreational drugs. This list is not all-inclusive. Please check with your doctor or the Motherisk website mentioned below. </p><p>Make sure to check with your doctor or lactation consultant before you take any medications, including herbal products, while breastfeeding. Your health professional needs to confirm that these medications are compatible with breastfeeding. They also need to do the appropriate follow-up if necessary. Additional information about medications and breastfeeding may also be found at the Motherisk website: <a href="http://www.motherisk.org/" target="_blank">www.motherisk.org</a>. </p><h2>Alcohol and breastfeeding</h2><p>Most women know to abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy, to prevent the effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. However, the risks of alcohol may also carry over into breastfeeding. These risks have not been well defined. Some mothers have been advised by health-care providers that it is all right to have an occasional drink with a meal while breastfeeding. </p><p>When a breastfeeding mother drinks alcohol, it passes into her breast milk at concentrations similar to that in her own bloodstream. Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol while breastfeeding has been known to cause a number of problems in babies, including:</p><ul><li>impaired motor development </li><li>changes in sleep patterns </li><li>decrease in milk intake </li><li>hypoglycemia </li></ul><p>If you do decide to drink, do so in moderation because the alcohol will enter your breast milk. See the accompanying chart which outlines how long to wait before breastfeeding after having alcohol. </p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th rowspan="2">Mother’s weight<br>Kg (lb)</th><th colspan="3">Number of drinks (hours:minutes)</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td></td><td>1 drink<br></td><td>2 drinks</td><td>3 drinks</td></tr><tr><td>45.4 (100)</td><td>2:42</td><td>5:25</td><td>8:08</td></tr><tr><td>54.4 (120)</td><td>2:30 </td><td>5:00 </td><td>7:30 </td></tr><tr><td>63.5 (140)</td><td>2:19</td><td>4:38</td><td>6:58</td></tr><tr><td>72.6 (160)</td><td>2:10</td><td>4:20</td><td>6:30</td></tr><tr><td>81.6 (180)</td><td>2:01</td><td>4:03</td><td>6:05</td></tr><tr><td>90.7 (200)</td><td>1:54</td><td>3:49</td><td>5:43</td></tr></tbody></table><p>You can pump and discard the breastmilk if the interval is longer than one feeding. Some mothers give their babies previously pumped breast milk. ​​</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/medications_alcohol_in_breastfeeding.jpgMedications and alcohol in breastfeeding

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