To the Editor: Although many medicines transfer into breast milk, the amount received by the breastfed infant is usually low, with minimal risk to the infant.1 Because medicines are not tested on breastfeeding women, product information often states that the safety of use during lactation is unknown.
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Medicines for breastfeeding women: a postal survey of general practitioners in Victoria
Lisa H Amir and Marie V Pirotta
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (2): 126.
Lisa H Amir, Senior Research Fellow1
Marie V Pirotta, Senior Research Fellow2
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