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Medications and Breastfeeding



In order to assist health care professionals, mothers and their families make judicious decisions related to medications and breastfeeding; following are some links to the most current information available:


 CAUTION – Very few mothers need to suspend or cease breastfeeding due to the use of medications. If this is the case, please see the following links to develop protocols and provide appropriate support to breastfeeding mothers:
  • Temporary (ANY period of time that mothers must stop breastfeeding REQUIRES referral and resources) suspension of breastfeeding
  • Permanent cessation of breastfeeding 


Journal articles:


  • Committee on Drugs, American Academy of Pediatrics: The Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk, PEDIATRICS Vol. 108 No. 3 September 2001, pp. 776-789
  • Nice, FJ: Breastfeeding and Over the Counter Medications: Journal of Human Lactation, Vol. 16, No. 4, 319-331 (2000) by Frank J. Nice, DPA, CPHP, US Public Health Service; Clinical Neurosciences Program of the National Institutes of Health; Jeanette L. Snyder, PharmD. Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Brian C. Kotansky, PharmD , Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital in Bay Pines, Florida.


Telephone helpline:

  • The Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Study Center; University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Pediatrics, Box 777, 601 Elmwood Avenue Rochester, New York 14642. Telephone: (585) 275-0088 Fax: (585) 461-3614 Director: Ruth A. Laurence, MD

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