Lithium and pregnancy. 3. Lithium ingestion by children breast-fed by women on lithium treatment

Br Med J. 1973 Apr 21;2(5859):138. doi: 10.1136/bmj.2.5859.138.


Children breast-fed by women on lithium treatment ingested lithium with the milk. Their serum lithium concentration was one-third to one-half the concentration in the nursing women's serum. Bottle-feeding should be considered for children of women on lithium treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lithium / adverse effects*
  • Lithium / analysis
  • Lithium / blood
  • Lithium / therapeutic use
  • Milk, Human / analysis*
  • Pregnancy


  • Lithium