Drugs In Breastmilk – Is It Safe?

An increasing number of mothers and health professionals have sought to find more information on the levels of medicines passing through milk to the baby. Standard reference books such as the British National Formulary (BNF) provide little information for professionals and parents to make decisions on individual situations. iStock_000016423595_SmallBfN endeavours to provide information to enable mothers to breastfeed their babies for as long as they wish and to provide information on the safety of medicines for each mother and baby pair.

Please see the information sheets and frequently asked questions for questions about medicines for coughs and colds, antidepressants, smoking and NRT, the morning after pill, and flu injections.

Below is information particularly on thrush and mastitis.

We are constantly reviewing the information available on drugs and breastfeeding as new research is conducted. Therefore, from time-to-time the information on this website may be updated – please be sure to check regularly for any new information and changes to the drug information fact sheets and leaflets.

What is the Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline?

The Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline was set up by BfN in response to the number of calls received concerning medication.

The drugline is run on a voluntary basis by a pharmacist who is also a BfN Registered Breastfeeding Supporter.

She receives help with running the line from a BfN Registered Drugline Helper. The service is provided over and above full-time work commitments so calls are generally not answered during the day. Voicemails may be left and calls are returned as soon as possible. The service is open to mothers and professionals. As the time available to deal with breastfeeding support of mothers is limited professionals are encouraged to find out the information to enable them to support the mothers themselves.

Drugs In Breastmilk helpline: 0844 412 4665.

If you are sending an email to us for information on taking prescription drugs while breastfeeding please provide as much information  as possible (age of baby, dose, frequency and name of medication or drug).