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Breastfeeding and prescription medications

Prescription medications and breastfeeding

There are few medications which preclude breastfeeding. Nonetheless, before your doctor prescribes a medication for you, make sure he or she knows that you are breastfeeding. If your doctor is unsure whether or not you can breastfeed safely while taking a particular medication, ask that they check with drug information experts.

For current information about the use of medicines/drugs during breastfeeding (or pregnancy), contact the Medicines Information Centres in your state or the NPS Medicines Line. The numbers are listed below.

Most centres operate during normal business hours. If a call is urgent and outside these hours, ring the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 (all states & territories).

Mothers Location Service Telephone (BH)

NPS Medicines Line

1300 633 424
NSW MotherSafe, Royal Hospital for Women
02 9382 6539
1800 647 848
(NSW country)
QLD NPS Medicines Line 1300 633 424
SA Medicines Information Centre
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
08 8161 7222

NPS Medicines Line

1300 633 424


Medicines Information Centre
Royal Women's Hospital

Medicines Information Centre
Monash Medical Centre

03 8345 3190

03 9594 2361

WA Women & Newborn Health Services (KEMH) 08 6458 2723
All states & territories NPS Medicines Line (9 am-5 pm AEST) 1300 633 424

 Poisons Information is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week on 13 11 26 (all states & territories)

Further resources

© Australian Breastfeeding Association Reviewed June 2020

Last reviewed: 
Jun 2020