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Medications and breastfeeding

Many mothers require some form of medication (including prescribed, over the counter or complementary medicines) during the postpartum period.

Breastfeeding mothers may be particularly anxious about taking medications due to concerns about the potential effect on their infant. Accurate information about the safety of medicines used during lactation is important to avoid unnecessary barriers to breastfeeding. Health professionals play an important role in prescribing appropriate medicines and providing guidance on their safe use during breastfeeding. This fact sheet provides a list of reputable resources that you can access for further information.

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