Maternal medication, drug use, and breastfeeding

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 Feb;60(1):275-94. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2012.10.009.


This article reviews the necessary skills required for clinicians to make informed decisions about the use of medications in women who are breastfeeding. Even without specific data on certain medications, this review of kinetic principles, mechanisms of medication entry into breast milk, and important infant factors can aid in clinical decision making. In addition, common medical conditions and suitable treatments of depression, hypertension, infections and so forth for women who are breastfeeding are also reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions*
  • Female
  • Galactogogues / pharmacokinetics
  • Galactogogues / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lactation / drug effects
  • Lactation / metabolism*
  • Milk, Human / chemistry*
  • Milk, Human / drug effects
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / metabolism*
  • Pharmacokinetics*


  • Galactogogues
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations