MJA
MJA InSight
MJA Careers
In Clinical Practice

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.

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.

Lisa H Amir, Senior Research Fellow1
Marie V Pirotta, Senior Research Fellow2
1 Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.
2 Primary Care Research Unit, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
Article References: 
Reference Text: 
Ilett KF, Kristensen JH. Drug use and breastfeeding. Expert Opin Drug Saf 2005; 4: 745-768.
Reference Order: 
1
PubMed ID: 
16011452
Reference Text: 
Jones W, Brown D. The medication vs breastfeeding dilemma. Br J Midwifery 2003; 11: 550-555.
Reference Order: 
2
PubMed ID: 
Reference Text: 
Amir LH. Medicines and breastfeeding: information is available on safe use [letter]. Med J Aust 2007; 186: 485.
Reference Order: 
3
PubMed ID: 
17484719
Reference Text: 
Pharmacy Department, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. Drugs and breastfeeding. Melbourne: RWH, 2004.
Reference Order: 
4
PubMed ID: 
Reference Text: 
MIMS database issue May 2009 [electronic database]. http://www.mims.hcn.net.au (accessed Jun 2009; subscription required).
Reference Order: 
5
PubMed ID: 
Reference Text: 
Akus M, Bartick M. Lactation safety recommendations and reliability compared in 10 medication resources. Ann Pharmacother 2007; 41: 1352-1360.
Reference Order: 
6
PubMed ID: 
17623757
Reference Text: 
Lagoy CT, Joshi N, Cragan JD, Rasmussen SA. Medication use during pregnancy and lactation: an urgent call for public health action. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2005; 14: 104-109.
Reference Order: 
7
PubMed ID: 
15775727

The full contents of this page are only available to subscribers.