Breastfeeding and Medications


1 Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Afzalipour School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 General Practitioner, Vice Chancellor for Education, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


Taking medications during breastfeeding is common and physicians are usually asked about the safety of prescribed medicines, herbal medications, or tobacco and alcohol consumption during lactation. Safety of medications during breastfeeding is related to maternal factors, neonatal factors and the type of medication, In the case of necessity of taking medication for the mother, there are ways to minimize neonate’s exposure to the medication. In this article, drugs have been classified according to the different diseases and their safety or side effects in lactation have been discussed.