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Breastfeeding and Drugs

Talk to your health care provider about medications you are taking, or are about to take, while breastfeeding.

Most medications are safe to take while breastfeeding.

A health care professional can help you to make an informed choice about your safest options regarding prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal preparations or supplements. The risks to your baby of not breastfeeding and giving your baby infant formula may be higher than continued breastfeeding while using a drug. 

Taking recreational or street drugs while breastfeeding is harmful to you and your baby.

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 or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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