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. BfN 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 use the below links for more information
- Adverse Drug Reactions in Breastfed Infants: Less Than Imagined (External link)
- Thrush and Breastfeeding
- Information sheets
- Frequently asked questions
- Drugline poster
- Thank you BfN poster
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 Service?
The Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline was set up by BfN in response to the number of calls received concerning medication.
For a while we have noticed that majority of enquiries from parents and professionals to the Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline have come via email or social media. As a charity operating on reducing funds we are keen to run the service in the most efficient and effective way possible without compromising the needs of parents. As a result we have decided to run the Drugs in Breastmilk service via email and social media enquiry only. This means that we will gradually remove the helpline number from all printed literature and ask that if you currently advertise the Drugs in Breastmilk helpline number that you remove it and replace it with the following information: ‘If you have specific questions about medications or treatments, please message the Drugs in Breastmilk information service Facebook page or email email@example.com. If you require breastfeeding support, please call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212.”
DiBM is run by a qualified pharmacist who is also a BfN Registered Breastfeeding Supporter.
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.
You can access information on taking prescription drugs while breastfeeding by sending a private message via our facebook page or via email. Please provide as much information as possible (age of baby, dose, frequency and name of medication or drug).
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Page last updated May 2017