Adderall and Breastfeeding: Important Things that You Should Know!

By Christina Simpson | Baby

Aug 28
Adderall and Breastfeeding

Adderall is the name brand of a drug that is often used to treat a condition called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It contains a combination of two stimulant drugs: dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Adderall is also prescribed by some doctors to treat narcolepsy.

Aside from treating the conditions previously mentioned, Adderall is also being used as a performance enhancing drug, though it is widely banned from most sporting events, as well as a study drug or a drug that is used to sharpen focus.

For those who need it, Adderall may be considered a very helpful drug. However, since it is rather easy to score a prescription for this specific drug compared to others that virtually do the same, Adderall is being abused by many and addiction to it is very common.

With that said, it’s safe to say that Adderall is a dangerous drug. However, there are some breastfeeding mamas out there who legitimately need this drug to get by every single day and the fact that Adderall is a dangerous drug raises a cause for concern.

If you’re an Adderall user who is thinking about or is already nursing your little one, read on below to know more about Adderall and breastfeeding.


What You Should Know

Adderall is a dangerous drug when abused

Adderall is a dangerous drug when abused

As mentioned in the earlier part of this article, Adderall is considered a dangerous drug when abused by the user. This drug can have several negative long term and short term effects on you, such as:

Long term effects

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • ​Paranoia
  • Hostility

Short term effects

  • Suppressed appetite leading to unhealthy weight loss
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability
  • Possible fatal cardiac issues

If you are breastfeeding your little one while taking Adderall, you should know that there is a high chance of your baby suffering from these negative effects, too.

Dexamphetamine can leak into your milk

Dexamphetamine is one of the major components of Adderall, and it has been found out in a study that this component of the drug readily transfers into milk which means that if you take this drug while breastfeeding your baby, he will be exposed to dextroamphetamine as well.

Dexamphetamine can leak into your milk

Adderall is not advisable for breastfeeding moms

Adderall is not advisable for breastfeeding moms

Now, for the ultimate question: is it safe for breastfeeding moms to take Adderall? While this study shows infants nursing from mothers taking Adderall have not shown signs of adverse effect from the drug, you’ll still need to proceed with caution.

One study shows that certain doses of Adderall given to women postpartum resulted in the suppression of serum prolactin which is the hormone responsible for the production of milk. This means that taking Adderall while breastfeeding can impair your milk production and lower your milk supply.

Professional Advice Regarding Adderall and Breastfeeding will always vary

The lack of information about Adderall and breastfeeding will always result in varied opinions and decisions by professionals. The best way to figure out whether or not you should take Adderall while you’re still in the stage of nursing your little one is to weigh out the pros and the cons of your situation.

Professional Advice Regarding Adderall and Breastfeeding will always vary

ADHD medication such as Adderall belongs to the L3 level of the Lactation Risk Categories. This means that it’s probably safe to consume while you’re nursing your little one but there is still the risk of the drug having untoward effects on your baby.

The only time L3 drugs can be given / administered is if the benefits outweigh the risks so you will have to be a big part of the decision-making as to whether or not you will be taking Adderall during your breastfeeding stage.


Adderall is a dangerous drug when abused but is very helpful when used and administered correctly. While there is a chance of you exposing your baby to dextroamphetamine since the substance has been proven to leak into breast milk, there are really no proven adverse effects your baby can get from it.

If you’re a breastfeeding mama who needs treatment for ADHD, be sure to remember the following:

  • Adderall may or may not harm your breastfed baby
  • It is best to take Adderall only if the benefits outweigh the risks
  • There are safer and more natural ways to treat ADHD which might be more preferable for nursing mothers

While there are no concrete proofs that show us that taking Adderall can have a negative effect on your child, long term or short term, it’s always better to be on the safe side.

Have you tried taking Adderall while breastfeeding? Tell us how your experience went and if there are any side effects on your baby that we should watch out for. Remember always to consult with your doctor before starting on new medication, too.


About the Author

I’m Christina Simpson and I am a mother of 2 little princesses and a dear little boy. I like to write stuff on PassionMommy, a blog about parenting and motherhood that aims to help other moms in distress (that is, when I’m not at a tea party with my girls or looting treasures with my little pirate boy).