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What pain medication can I take while breastfeeding?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are the preferred pain medication or analgesics when breastfeeding. Ibuprofen is generally more effective as a headache remedy than is acetaminophen. Very little ibuprofen is transferred from the breast milk to the baby. Naproxen is also recommended as safe during breastfeeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics, although naproxen is excreted in small amounts into the breast milk.
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