Q&A: Is Aspirin Safe?

Is it okay to take aspirin while I'm breastfeeding?
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ByJeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Jan 2017
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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.

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