By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many women choose to breastfeed, and when they do, they often have a very common question: Are medications that I take when I’m breastfeeding safe for the baby?

Well, according the American Academy of Pediatrics in a new release, most medications are safe.

In fact, one of the biggest reasons they are safe is that only a very small amount of most medications end up in the breast milk.

But the Academy also cautions you take the time to check with your physician and make sure what you’re taking is okay for the baby.

They also have a very important point that they’re adding:

You should make sure you check out herbal products and medications that are over the counter. Remember, all of these products can get into the breast milk.

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