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UK

Dr. Wendy Jones, PhD, MSc

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Midwifery 2017
  • Country: UK
Biography:

In her employed life she was a community pharmacist and also worked in doctor surgeries supporting cost effective, evidence-based prescribing. Wendy qualified as an pharmacist prescriber specializing in the prevention of Coronary Heart Disease – of which breastfeeding is an extension. She left work in 2011 to work on writing her book Breastfeeding and Medication (Routledge 2013), developing information and training material on drugs in breastmilk. She recently published Breastfeeding for Dads and Grandmas (Praeclarus Press) and Why Mothers Medication Matters (Pinter and Martin). She runs a helpline service on the use of medication in breastfeeding mothers for a UK charity, responding to healthcare professionals and mothers. She has been a breastfeeding supporter for 29 years. She is passionate that breastfeeding should be valued by all and that medication should not be a barrier. Wendy has three daughters, all breastfed and as passionate about breastfeeding as her, she also has three grandchildren.

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Breastfeeding and Medication: how to make an evidence based decision on safety
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.
Accreditation, Main Category, Product Type
Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Midwifery