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Amoxicillin and Breastfeeding


What You Need to Know About Amoxicillin and Breastfeeding


You should have no concerns about taking Amoxicillin while breastfeeding. In fact, virtually all antibiotics are safe for breastfeeding mothers to use. (The possible exception is the “Cipro” family and the sulfonamides taken right after birth.)

Penicillins, erythromycins, and cephalosporins all enter milk only in trace levels and rarely produce allergies or upset to your baby.

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ‘Most drugs likely to be prescribed to the nursing mother should have no effect on milk supply or on infant well-being.’ In addition, they list Amoxicillin as safe when nursing in their list of Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding.

That is enough assurance for me to use Amoxicillin while breastfeeding!

The Risk of Not Treating an Infection

If a doctor suggests that you take an antibiotic, it is likely that you have an infection that needs to be treated. If left untreated, your infection could get worse.

Breast Infections: If it happens to be a breast infection that is left untreated it could lead to a breast abscess. These are extremely serious and painful and require surgical draining.

Remember: one of the best things for a nursing baby is a healthy mommy! So keeping yourself in good health is a top priority!

Be on Alert for Thrush

While taking an antibiotic may be necessary, it may also kill so of the good bacteria in your system and lead to thrush. This is not a serious problem, but if it does happen, be sure to treat both you and your baby to clear it up quickly and avoid any breastfeeding related problems.

Click here for thrush symptoms to looks for…

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