Breastfeeding and Medications
Each day breastfeeding mothers are misinformed about taking medications while breastfeeding, many moms are told they must stop breastfeeding or "pump and dump." In the majority of cases, this is bad advice on the part of the health care provider based on his or her limited education about breastfeeding and medications.
Frank Nice's - Non Prescription Drugs for Breastfeeding Mothers is a great book!
Dr. Tom Hale, PhD, has performed extensive research on the effects of medication in mothers' milk. His site features a professional and mother's forum for looking up and asking information about medications and mothers milk.
The Infant Risk Center will be dedicated to providing up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Our goal is to provide accurate information regarding the risks of exposure to mothers and their babies. By educating healthcare professionals and the general public alike, we aim to reduce the number of birth defects as well as create healthy breastfeeding relationships.
We are now open to answer calls Monday-Friday 8am-5pm central time. Please contact us at (806)-352-2519.
Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Study Center at The University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, USA. This center maintains a database of drugs and medications and provides free information to physicians and lactation consultants on their use and effects during breastfeeding. Ruth A. Lawrence, MD is the Director of the center.
Motherisk (phone 416-813-6780) at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Call or visit their website for evidence-based information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation.
Drugline (phone 0844 412 4665) at The Breastfeeding Network, Paisley, Scotland. Call the Drugline for information on taking prescription drugs while breastfeeding, or visit their website for handouts on drugs and breastfeeding.
General articles :
Alcohol and Breastfeeding:
Social Drugs and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding and Cigarettes
Antidepressants and Breastfeeding:
Herbs to AVOID While Breastfeeding