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The sleeping pills Ambien and Lunesta are considered safe to use for occasional use while breastfeeding because very little of the drug gets into the breast milk and reaches the baby. (Consult your doctor before taking any medications while nursing.)
But you have to consider whether it's safe to sleep heavily when you have a baby to care for. If you need to take sleep medication occasionally, make sure another caregiver is available to hear your baby when she needs you.
And it's never a good idea to take sleep medication if your baby sleeps in your bed with you since you can lose awareness and either roll onto the baby or push her out of the bed.
Learn more about the safety of commonly used medications during breastfeeding.