News for Nursing Mothers

A recent report from a group of leading U.S. pediatricians says that most breast-feeding mothers can safely take needed medications and vaccines without fear that they will harm their nursing infants. Additionally, the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposes that drug labels contain a section with a “Lactation” heading, which will replace the current “Nursing Mothers” section. The newer section would provide much more detailed information about a medication’s transfer to breast milk and potential to harm a breast-fed baby. Now, as always, breast-feeding mothers should discuss any concerns they might have with their physicians or the pharmacist. The baby’s health and safety are of paramount importance.

Are you or is someone you know a nursing mother? There are many supplements and other over the counter items that can interfere in your quest for effective methods of improving your health. It is always in your best interest to consult with a medical professional, such as the pharmacist at any of our Med-Fast locations, prior to taking any new medication.

HINT: Breast-feeding mothers should not use certain narcotic pain relievers. Any questions about the safety of any drugs should be directed toward the prescribing doctor. The pharmacist may help to clarify safety issues for breast-feeding mothers.