Breastfeeding

Q&A: Is Aspirin Safe?

Is it okay to take aspirin while I'm breastfeeding?

An occasional small dose of aspirin isn't likely to have a negative effect, but most experts say it's better to find a less risky treatment for your symptoms (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen). Aspirin has been associated with Reye's syndrome, a serious disorder that can occur when babies and children with certain viruses are given aspirin. There is some rare evidence of breastfed infants becoming ill after their mothers ingested aspirin.

By Jeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC