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Is it safe to take pain relief medication after C-Section if breastfeeding?

The medication used for pain relief, antibiotics and any other prescribed medicine after C-section is usually compatible with breastfeeding even in the newborn period. In case you have a question about any medication, doctors can always prescribe an alternative which is safe while breastfeeding.


The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) maintains LactMed®, a database containing information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.


LactMed® includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data come from scientific literature and are fully referenced. A peer review panel reviews the data for scientific validity and currency.


The InfantRisk Center provides up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


The MommyMeds mobile app, developed by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s InfantRisk Center, gives pregnant and breastfeeding mothers fast, convenient access to up-to-date and evidence-based information about prescription and over the counter medications and their safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


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