Sadly, women often feel they have no alternative but to give up breastfeeding, having been prescribed or purchased medication. In many cases, however, this is unnecessary. This book outlines the evidence base for the use of medication during breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding and Medication presents a comprehensive A to Z guide to the most frequently prescribed drugs and their safety for breastfeeding mothers. Evaluating the evidence for interventions and using a simple format for quickly identifying medications that are safe or unsafe to use, it also highlights those drugs where there is inconclusive evidence. Additional contextual information makes this the most complete text for those practitioners who support and treat breastfeeding women. It:
This new edition contains information on more drugs and a chapter on the management of some chronic conditions which may affect breastfeeding mothers. In most cases there are options to support the mother’s optimal care whilst allowing her to continue to breastfeed her baby as long as she wishes. This is a topic which raises many questions on social media, which informed the choice of conditions to consider.
This is an invaluable reference for all health practitioners and volunteers who work with, support and treat breastfeeding women, including lactation consultants, breastfeeding support workers, health visitors, GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists and midwives.
Chapter 1 Breastfeeding in context
Chapter 2 How does breastfeeding work?
Chapter 3 Constituents of breastmilk and formula milk
Chapter 4 Understanding the importance of breastmilk
Chapter 5 Treating conditions related to breastfeeding
Chapter 6 Decision-making on the safety of drugs in breastmilk
Chapter 7 Professional responsibility and counselling
Chapter 8 Chronic diseases and medication in the breastfeeding mother
Chapter 9 Information on level of drugs into breastmilk