You can take Xanax, also known as alprazolam, while breastfeeding, but it's important to do so with caution.
Let's unpack that a bit: Xanax is often prescribed for anxiety or panic disorders, and it can be a crucial part of maintaining a nursing parent’s mental health. However, it can make its way into breast milk (and therefore to your little one) and cause some side effects, so the benefits should be weighed against the risks.
Some studies have shown that this could potentially cause drowsiness or other side effects in infants. Especially if you're using Xanax regularly or have a newborn or premature baby, there might be more potential for these effects 1 .
That being said, every body (and every baby!) is unique, so these effects are not a guarantee. In fact, many people use Xanax while breastfeeding without any problems at all.
But it's always better to be safe than sorry! So if you're considering taking Xanax while breastfeeding, it's best to chat with your healthcare provider about it.