Can You Have Pepto Bismol While Breastfeeding

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By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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No, it's typically not recommended1  to take Pepto Bismol while breastfeeding. 

Here's the rundown: Pepto Bismol contains bismuth subsalicylate, and research has shown that salicylates can pass into breast milk. This might put your baby at risk of developing a rare but serious condition called Reye's syndrome2 , so the CDC recommends that breastfeeding parents avoid the use of bismuth subsalicylate compounds due to this risk. 

That being said, if you're feeling under the weather and need some relief, it's always best to have a chat with your doctor. They're up to date with the latest studies and guidelines and can recommend a safe and effective treatment option for you. It's always better to play it safe when it comes to you and your baby's health.

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  1. National Library of Medicine"Bismuth Subsalicylate"https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK501324/.

  2. Mayo Clinic"Reye's syndrome"https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/reyes-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20377255.


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Can You Have Pepto Bismol While Breastfeeding

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By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
Image for article Can You Have Pepto Bismol While Breastfeeding

No, it's typically not recommended1  to take Pepto Bismol while breastfeeding. 

Here's the rundown: Pepto Bismol contains bismuth subsalicylate, and research has shown that salicylates can pass into breast milk. This might put your baby at risk of developing a rare but serious condition called Reye's syndrome2 , so the CDC recommends that breastfeeding parents avoid the use of bismuth subsalicylate compounds due to this risk. 

That being said, if you're feeling under the weather and need some relief, it's always best to have a chat with your doctor. They're up to date with the latest studies and guidelines and can recommend a safe and effective treatment option for you. It's always better to play it safe when it comes to you and your baby's health.

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

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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"Bismuth Subsalicylate"https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK501324/.

  2. Mayo Clinic"Reye's syndrome"https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/reyes-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20377255.


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