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  1. Breastfeeding with implants
  2. Drinking alcohol
  3. Having COVID-19 symptoms or vaccine
  4. Taking illegal drugs
  5. Taking medication
  6. Using birth control

Taking illegal drugs

It's dangerous to take illegal drugs while you're breastfeeding.

Not only can they affect your ability to look after your baby safely, but they can also be passed on to your baby through your breast milk.

The long-term effects of taking illegal drugs while breastfeeding are still unknown. But if you are using them, talk to your midwife, health visitor or GP – they won't judge you and can help you access the services you need to stop using drugs.

You can also visit the FRANK website or call 0300 123 6600 for supportive and confidential drugs advice. The helpline is available 24 hours a day.

Help and support

Breastfeeding Friend from Start for Life

The Breastfeeding Friend has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you – and because it's a digital tool, you can access it 24/7.

National Breastfeeding Helpline

For confidential breastfeeding information and support, call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212. Lines are open 9:30am to 9:30pm every day.