In clinical studies on breastfeeding and Tylenol, the drug passed through breast milk when it was given to women who were nursing. However, since relatively low amounts of the drug are passed through breast milk, there have been no reported problems in nursing infants, except for one case of a rash. In most cases, women can safely take this drug while breastfeeding.
Is Tylenol Safe When Breastfeeding?
Tylenol® (acetaminophen) passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women talk to their healthcare providers before taking the drug. However, Tylenol is usually considered to be the safest pain reliever for breastfeeding women.
What Does the Research Say?
Research has demonstrated that Tylenol passes through breast milk in relatively low amounts, which appears to be safe for infants. There have been no reported problems (except one case of a rash) in breastfed infants whose mothers took Tylenol. The American Academy of Pediatrics considers Tylenol to be compatible with breastfeeding.
Discussing Breastfeeding and Tylenol With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Tylenol and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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Extra Strength Tylenol [product label]. Fort Washington, PA: McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
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