Can breastfeeding mothers take ibuprofen?

· Trent Medicines Information Service

Ibuprofen is considered safe for breastfeeding infants as only very small quantities appear to be excreted into breast milk after maternal ingestion. Further, it is considered to be one of the analgesics of choice in breastfeeding mothers.

Further expert help must be sought if the infant is pre-term, low birth weight or has an underlying medical condition.

Anaesthesia and painIbuprofenObstetrics and gynaecologyPaediatric and neonatal medicineQ&ASafety in Lactation

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