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Breastfeeding And Medication: How To Make An Evidence Based Decision On Safety

by Wendy Jones, PhD, MRPharmS
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

In the past 21 years of providing support to breastfeeding mothers requiring medication I have found that many women are given information which isn’t based on evidence. Sharing decision-making is about being honest about the limits of knowledge and not just about healthcare professionals avoiding risk. To make an informed decision mothers need an unbiased explanation of options with benefits and risks about what is known about the medicine and its passage into breastmilk. Interrupting breastfeeding to take medication also has risks and we cannot ignore the difficulties that pumping and dumping, produce for the mother. I aim to provide the tools to evaluate the risks and benefits of prescribing and taking medication during breastfeeding and to discuss some of the more commonly encountered conditions where treatment is necessary to maintain a mother if full health to nurture and care for her baby.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe potential risks of medication during breastfeeding
Objective 2: Provide mothers with guidance on how to continue breastfeeding when their healthcare provider has recommended that they stop
Objective 3: describe the evidence base behind the safety of medication and breastfeeding

Categories: Midwifery
Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks