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  • Pain medication:Tylenol 3

    Can you please tell me the best course of action in regards to taking Tylenol 3 and breastfeeding my 6week old son.

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    Martrin83, thanks for posting,

    Codeine is now rated an L4-possibly hazardous. They have found that some mothers are ultra rapid metabolizers and instead of the infant receiving 0.6-8.1% of the moms dose the infant receives up to 20% of the moms dose and subsequently the infants were having respiratory issues such as apnea. Codeine has a half life of 2.9 hours, so we recommend waiting 3-6 hours to breastfeed after taking a dose, and we recommend not using the codeine for more than 5 days. Monitor the infant closely for sedation, slowed breathing rate/apnea, pallor, constipation and any discoloration around the mouth. If your infant has a history of apnea use with extreme caution. I hope this helps, if you have any other questions please call the InfantRisk Center at 806-352-2519. Thanks,

    Sandra Lovato R.N.
    InfantRisk Center