How much of supplements that you take actually gets in to breast milk? 10 points?

Supplements: anything from things like Vitamin C, to Benadryl to anything you take in pill form. How much makes it in to breast milk?

And do pills wear off like alcohol would?

ie: if you take benadryl at bed time but don't nurse for 8-10 hours, would there be less in your milk?


2 Answers

  • 7 years ago
    Favourite answer

    Benadryl is not a supplement ... it's a medication. Different medications have different results when it comes to how much passes through breastmilk. It would just depend on which medication you're talking about. You should discuss any medication with your doctor before taking it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    Alcohol will pass through breastmilk, but one glass of wine isn't anything to worry about. If you drink several drinks then you might want to "pump and dump" to avoid any risk of your baby being affected by the alcohol. Small amounts of alcohol in breastmilk, however, pose very little risk to a baby. It's only when the fetus is developing in the womb that alcohol is very dangerous.

    As for nutritional supplements, they are just like the vitamins in your food. Your body will use them to make nutritious breastmilk for your baby. Supplementing vitamins like iron and calcium is very smart while breastfeeding because your body will always take what it needs to nourish your baby first, which can leave you with serious deficiencies if you don't eat an optimal diet (which most people don't).

  • Mary
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Depends on the supplement. Some pass into breast milk. Others do not. Some break down very quickly, others linger.

    Dr. Thomas Hale is more or less the expert on the subject; his book is what doctors, LCs, midwives all use.

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