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Breastfeeding and Drugs

While breastfeeding, if you need to take a prescription medicine or are considering using an over-the-counter drug, herbal preparation, supplement or street drugs, consult with a health care provider first. It is helpful to know that there are many safe options available. A doctor, midwife, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or breastfeeding professional can help you to make an informed choice about your safest options. The risks to your baby of not breastfeeding and giving your baby infant formula may be higher than continued breastfeeding while using a drug. 

For information on breastfeeding and drugs, visit Motherisk, Canada’s leading experts on drug, alcohol and chemical exposures in pregnancy and during breastfeeding or call the Motherisk Helpline 1-877-439-2744. 

You can also make a confidential call to the Motherisk Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline 1-877-327-4636 for information about the effects of alcohol, nicotine and drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy.

For more information on breastfeeding and supports in Simcoe Muskoka, contact your health care provider or call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and speak with a public health professional Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email Your Health Connection

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