Can You Take Amoxicillin While Breastfeeding?

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By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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The good news is, yes, you can take amoxicillin while breastfeeding!

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that's usually used to fight off bacterial infections, kind of like a superhero of the drug world. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's generally safe for use during breastfeeding. This is because only a tiny amount of the drug makes its way into breast milk1 

Studies2  also found that amoxicillin levels in breast milk are so low that they're unlikely to cause any harmful effects to a nursing infant. So, while you're busy fighting off that pesky infection, your baby can still enjoy their meal times worry-free!

As always, though, don't forget to consult your healthcare provider before taking any new medication.

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  1. National Library of Medicine"Amoxicillin"Jan 17, 2021https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500887/.

  2. Lilach Benyamini, Paul Merlob, Bracha Stahl, Rony Braunstein, Oxana Bortnik, Mordechai Bulkowstein, Deena Zimmerman, Matitiahu Berkovitch"The safety of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid and cefuroxime during lactation"Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, vol. 27, no. 4Jul 31, 2005https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16044108/.


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Can You Take Amoxicillin While Breastfeeding?

 Krystal Duhaney Profile Photo
By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
Image for article Can You Take Amoxicillin While Breastfeeding?

The good news is, yes, you can take amoxicillin while breastfeeding!

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that's usually used to fight off bacterial infections, kind of like a superhero of the drug world. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's generally safe for use during breastfeeding. This is because only a tiny amount of the drug makes its way into breast milk1 

Studies2  also found that amoxicillin levels in breast milk are so low that they're unlikely to cause any harmful effects to a nursing infant. So, while you're busy fighting off that pesky infection, your baby can still enjoy their meal times worry-free!

As always, though, don't forget to consult your healthcare provider before taking any new medication.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

Want evidence-based health & wellness advice for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum delivered to your inbox?

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Expectful uses only high-quality sources, including academic research institutions, medical associations, and subject matter experts.

  1. National Library of Medicine"Amoxicillin"Jan 17, 2021https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500887/.

  2. Lilach Benyamini, Paul Merlob, Bracha Stahl, Rony Braunstein, Oxana Bortnik, Mordechai Bulkowstein, Deena Zimmerman, Matitiahu Berkovitch"The safety of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid and cefuroxime during lactation"Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, vol. 27, no. 4Jul 31, 2005https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16044108/.


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