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Nursing mothers who take medications may be able to reduce the amount of drug that shows up in their milk if they take their medicines just after breastfeeding or before putting the baby down for an extended nap.

The pediatricians also studied literature on silicone breast implants to determine if silicone leaking from the implants could cause problems for babies. The group couldn't find any evidence that silicone in breast milk harmed babies, and it turns out that there is more silicone in cow milk and formula than there is in breast milk. So again, the pediatricians say that women with silicone breast implants can probably safely nurse their babies.

Helping nursing mothers unravel the do's and don'ts of breast feeding is an everyday task for Libby Svoboda, RN, a lactation consultant at University McDonald Lactation and Childbirth Education Center in Cleveland. The center helps more than 2,000 nursing mothers each year and fields more than 4,000 cries for help from anxious mothers who call the center's 24-hour "warmline."

Most mothers do know that drugs and other substances can be passed to their babies, says Svoboda. With cold and flu season coming up, Svoboda says that her staff is gearing up for the onslaught of calls "from women who get a cold and are worried about what cold medicine they can take."

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