Medicines, drugs & breastfeeding
Medicines, drugs and other substances can pass through your breast milk to your baby.
If you are not sure about the effect that a substance might have on your baby, check with a health professional.
Breastfeeding & cigarette smoke
There are many chemicals in tobacco that have been proven to cause cancer. No-one should smoke around pregnant women and babies.Learn more
Alcohol & breastfeeding
What you drink your baby drinks too. Alcohol goes directly into your breast milk.Learn more
Safe breastfeeding for drug users
Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. It is also good for your health. Some drugs and substances can make breastfeeding unsafe. Health professionals can help you to plan for safe breastfeeding.Learn more
Herbal medicines & breastfeeding
Some complementary and alternative medicines have very good information about their safety and effectiveness while breastfeeding, others have very little because they haven’t been researched well enough.Learn more
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