Can You Take Ibuprofen While Breastfeeding?

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By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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You can take ibuprofen while breastfeeding, so you don't have to suffer through those pesky postpartum aches and pains. Ibuprofen is considered safe to use during breastfeeding, and it's a common choice for pain relief.

Numerous studies1  have shown that only small amounts of ibuprofen pass into breast milk. The levels found in breast milk are typically much lower than the standard infant dosage, so it's unlikely to have any significant effect on your little one.

However, as with any medication, it's important to use ibuprofen as directed and in moderation. Stick to the recommended dosage, and try to take it right after breastfeeding to allow time for the medication to metabolize before the next feeding session.

Of course, if you have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to consult your healthcare provider. 

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  1. National Library of Medicine"Ibuprofen"Jan 17, 2021https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500986/.


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Can You Take Ibuprofen While Breastfeeding?

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

You can take ibuprofen while breastfeeding, so you don't have to suffer through those pesky postpartum aches and pains. Ibuprofen is considered safe to use during breastfeeding, and it's a common choice for pain relief.

Numerous studies1  have shown that only small amounts of ibuprofen pass into breast milk. The levels found in breast milk are typically much lower than the standard infant dosage, so it's unlikely to have any significant effect on your little one.

However, as with any medication, it's important to use ibuprofen as directed and in moderation. Stick to the recommended dosage, and try to take it right after breastfeeding to allow time for the medication to metabolize before the next feeding session.

Of course, if you have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to consult your healthcare provider. 

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

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  1. National Library of Medicine"Ibuprofen"Jan 17, 2021https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500986/.


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