How to Take Tylenol While Breastfeeding
While it is advisable to limit the amount of medications taken while breastfeeding, it is not always possible to do so. In 1998, the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) found that Tylenol, or acetaminophen, is the most common medicine taken by women during their child-bearing years. Lactation expert Kelly Bonyata, creator of the breastfeeding website www.kellymom.com, shares that on a one-to-five scale of risk for medications to take while lactating, Tylenol rates one–the lowest risk. It has been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for breastfeeding mothers.
Discuss with your doctor, ideally before beginning to breastfeed, if Tylenol will be a good option for you to take if needed while nursing. Discuss under what types of situations and how frequently you may be taking Tylenol.
Take the recommended dosage as needed. Read the label carefully.
Have another discussion with your doctor if you feel you are overusing Tylenol.