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Yes, virtually all antibiotics taken by mouth are safe to use while breastfeeding.
One easy test is whether it's an antibiotic that is given to newborns. If so, it's also safe for a mother to take that antibiotic while breastfeeding.
Some antibiotics, such as those in the tetracycline class, are considered unsafe during pregnancy because they can permanently stain the teeth of a developing fetus. But the teeth buds are already formed by the time the child is born, so tetracycline is no longer a concern.
One class of antibiotics is usually avoided during breastfeeding – the quinolones – because some have been associated with damage to tendons when given to adults.
Your doctor or your child's pediatrician can help you choose an antibiotic that's safe for you and your breastfeeding baby.
Learn more about the safety of commonly used medications during breastfeeding.