Q&A: Are Sleeping Pills Safe?

Can I take anything to help me sleep if I'm breastfeeding?
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ByJack Newman, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician
Updated
Feb 2017
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A drug to help you sleep is similar to most other drugs — very little will get into your breast milk. If you need the drug, take it and keep breastfeeding. The only proviso is this: Though we recommend co-sleeping for breastfeeding mothers, co-sleeping when the mother is taking sleep aids can be dangerous since the mother may not wake easily with her baby beside her. Talk to your health care provider about non-drug alternatives to treating insomnia.

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