Drugs in Breast Milk

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Abstract

Most drugs appear in breast milk in very small and safe amounts. The obstetric care provider evaluates drug transfer most commonly in the peripartum period, postpartum hospitalization; and they are often consulted when the new mother has a subsequent need for drug therapy. The chapter provides the foundations for the safest decisions for the mother and her breastfed infant. The foundation of safe decisions is accomplished through a review of the physiology of lactation, the lactation pharmacology, and the specific pharmacology and infant safety of drugs common to everyday obstetric practice.

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