breastfeeding taking opoid

09/06/2011 - 12:42

Doctors have been prescribing codeine for postpartum pain management for many years and, until recently, it was considered safe to breastfeed while taking the opioid. The death of an infant exposed to codeine through breast milk has many health care providers questioning the safety of the drug when used by breastfeeding mothers. Because of the potential risks, some doctors have begun the practice of prescribing oxycodone as an alternative to codeine.