Nursing mothers often use medication after childbirth to avoid some complications such as uterine infections, chest pain, bladder infections, back pain or depression. If you become a mother then you are sure to be interested in how the pills that you take will affect your child through breastfeeding.
The tablets belong to a class of medication which is known as NSAIDs. They help to treat a variety of diseases that are associated with fever or inflammation. The tablets are also used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, for the treatment of menstrual pain, muscle pain, colds, toothache. Naprosyn brand name is Aleve or Aprox. The drug can be bought in the form of tablets, suspensions, capsules with liquid filler or tablets with gelatin coating. Depending on the country of residence, the pills are available with or without a prescription.
Knowing how these pills work, we may consider several factors about how they act during feeding by breast milk. The use of tablets for a short period is safe for the child. Nonetheless, there is still a small risk even for such a drug. Its use is considered as not harmful due to the fact that it has a low rate of getting into breast milk. It is not dangerous to use tablets together with other drugs for headaches during breastfeeding. However, the pills are only safe if they are very rarely used. Long-term taking may harm a baby (the components get into the body of a child with the mother’s milk).
The medication has many adverse events and they are classified from the lightest to the strongest. The most common are:
- Water retention;
- Hearing problem;
- Severe fatigue;
- Eye problem;
- Loss of appetite;
- Intense thirst;
These by-effects occur most often in people who have a weak immune system or consume more than three alcoholic beverages per day. The use of tablets can lead to residual effects in the cardiovascular system, in the intestine (causes bleeding). Pills also should not be taken by people who suffer from hypertension or diabetes.
If you have recently become a mother, it is likely that you will be careful with the choice of the pills that can affect the quality of breast milk. All drugs influence a baby more or less. Naprosyn during pregnancy can harm premature babies and newborns to a greater extent than children older than 6 months. Ask your doctor to offer you a safe medicine if the tablets which you have previously taken have a negative impact on the development of your baby. If you still need to take the pills, you may stop breastfeeding for a few days. Supplement the diet of a child with baby food or feed him with the products that your doctor advises. So, Naprosyn for breastfeeding isn’t good.
If you have serious health problems and taking medication cannot be avoided, then some precautions will help to protect your child:
- Take the pills right after you breastfeed your baby to reduce the risk;
- Before taking the tablets, you may express your milk to feed the baby later. Thus the milk is antibiotic-free;
- If you notice any side effects in your child, consult your doctor immediately;
- When planning a pregnancy, discuss it with your doctor, tell him or her about the chronic diseases you have and about any drugs you take.
Knowing about all the safety measures you may protect your child from the ghost effects of medicine while breastfeeding.