Breastfeeding and Medications
The benefits of breastfeeding are important to both mother and baby. Not every medication poses a risk during breast feeding but some do. It is important to discuss your medications with your doctor.
Safe in Breastfeeding
The following medications can be used safely while Breastfeeding:
- Sulfasalazine with folic acid 5 mg/day
- Azathioprine at less than 2mg/kg/day
Use with CAUTION in Breastfeeding
Some medications must be used with caution while breastfeeding. Discuss these with your rheumatologist:
AVOID in Breastfeeding
The following medications are NOT SAFE while breastfeeding:
There is not enough data on the safety of the following medications while breastfeeding: Anakinra, Tocilizumab, Tofacitinib, Ustekinumab, Belimumab, Abatacept, and Rituximab.
Breastfeeding and Medications Quick Reference Guide