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Aspirin and Breastfeeding



Hi guy, I wonder why Aspirin cannot be used during breastfeeding. I know that it is excreted in breast milk but it stays in the body for a very short time (half-life 15-30 min).


Occasional doses of aspirin for headaches or other aches and pains are safe during breast feeding. However, high doses taken on a chronic basis such as those used in rheumatoid arthritis are not safe during lactation.

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Debra K Gardner, PhamD Debra K Gardner, PhamD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University