Advising Mothers on the Use of Medications during Breastfeeding: A Need for a Positive Attitude

Riccardo Davanzo, Jenny Bua, Angela De Cunto, Maria Luisa Farina, F. De Ponti, Antonio Clavenna, Stefania Mandrella, Antonella Sagone, Maurizio Clementi

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Abstract

The use of medications by the nursing mother is a common reason for interrupting breastfeeding. Few drugs have been demonstrated to be absolutely contraindicated during breastfeeding. Excessive caution may lead health professionals to unnecessarily advise to interrupt breastfeeding, without assessing the latest evidence or considering the risk-benefit ratio of taking a medication versus terminating breastfeeding. To foster an appropriate approach toward the use of medications in breastfeeding women, the Italian Society of Perinatal Medicine created the following policy statement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Human Lactation
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016

Keywords

  • adverse effects
  • breastfeeding
  • drug therapy
  • human milk
  • medication
  • risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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