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Question

I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use Ibuprofen? Is Ibuprofen safe for nursing mother and child? Does Ibuprofen extracts into breast milk? Does Ibuprofen has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can Ibuprofen influence milk supply or can Ibuprofen decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?

Ibuprofen lactation summary

Ibuprofen is safe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Ibuprofen is 1 out of 8 which is considered Safe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 1 indicates that usage of Ibuprofen is mostly safe during lactation for breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research also indicates that Ibuprofen does not cause any serious side effects in breastfeeding mothers.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Ibuprofen safe in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • Score calculated using the DrLact safety Version 1.2 model, this score ranges from 0 to 8 and measures overall safety of drug in lactation. Scores are primarily calculated using publicly available case studies, research papers, other scientific journals and publically available data.

Answer by Dr. Ru: About Ibuprofen usage in lactation

Either undetected or insignificantly detected in breast milk. Commonly prescribed to children by pediatricians. Preferred medication for pain relief in nursing mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics rates it compatible with breastfeeding.

Answer by DrLact: About Ibuprofen usage in lactation

Because of its extremely low levels in breastmilk, short half-life and safe use in infants in doses much higher than those excreted in breastmilk, ibuprofen is a preferred choice as an analgesic or antiinflammatory agent in nursing mothers.

Ibuprofen Side Effects in Breastfeeding

At least 23 cases are reported in the literature in which infants (ages not stated) were breastfed during maternal ibuprofen use with no adverse effects reported.[1][3][5]

Synonyms of Ibuprofen

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