Yes, you can take oxycodone while breastfeeding, but it's important to be aware that this isn't a decision to be taken lightly due to potential risks for your baby. Infants can experience drowsiness and severe central nervous system depression from maternal use of oxycodone. Newborns can be especially sensitive to even small doses of narcotic analgesics.
It's usually recommended to try non-narcotic analgesics for pain control once lactation begins. If oxycodone is chosen, a maximum daily dosage of 30 mg for two to three days is advised 1 , but some medical professionals recommend avoiding oxycodone completely during breastfeeding.
It’s crucial to monitor your baby for signs of drowsiness, weight gain, and developmental milestones. Should your baby show signs of excessive sleepiness, difficulty breastfeeding, breathing difficulties, or limpness, seek medical help immediately. While oxycodone use is possible while breastfeeding, other pain management options are usually preferred.