Medicines and breastfeeding

About medicine use

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Health providers and consumers are often unsure about the safety of medicines for breastfeeding women; fear of medicines is increasingly leading women to stop breastfeeding unnecessarily (Amir 2010).

Associate Professor Lisa Amir has published a number of articles on this topic (see the Publications tab on this page). PhD candidate, Moni Rani Saha, is working with A/Prof Amir to analyse data from the Norwegian Mother and Baby cohort study, and several papers are in preparation.

Associate Professor Lisa Amir has published an evidence-based guide to use of medicines for breastfeeding women (Amir et al 2011), which is available on the NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

Publications

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de Ponti M, Amir LH, Stewart K, et al. Medicine use and safety whilst breastfeeding: investigating the perspectives of community pharmacists in Australia. Aust J Primary Care 2015;21(1):46-57. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY13012.

Amir LH. It's time for pharmacists to increase their support for breastfeeding (Editorial). Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 2015;45(1):7-8. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1072.

Grzeskowiak LE, Amir LH. Pharmacological management of low milk supply with domperidone: Separating fact from fiction. Med J Aust 2014;201(5):257-58. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja14.00626.

Amir LH, Ryan KM, Jordan SE. Avoiding risk at what cost? Putting use of medicines for breastfeeding women into perspective. Int Breastfeed J 2012;7:14. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1746-4358-7-14.

McDonald K, Amir LH, Davey M-A. Maternal bodies and medicines: a commentary on risk and decision-making of pregnant and breastfeeding women and health professionals. BMC Public Health 2011;11(Suppl 5):S5. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-S5-S5.

Amir LH, Pirotta MV, Raval M. Evidence-based guidelines for use of medicines by breastfeeding women. Aust Fam Physician 2011;40(9):684-90.Available from: www.racgp.org.au/afp/201109/44172.

Jayawickrama HS, Amir LH, Pirotta M. GPs' decision making when prescribing for breastfeeding women: Content analysis of a survey. BMC Res Notes 2010;3:82. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-3-82.

Amir LH. Medicines for breastfeeding women: risky business? In: Nueland WG, ed. Breastfeeding: Methods, Benefits to the Infant and Mother and Difficulties. Hauppauga, NY: Nova Publishers, 2010:129-41. Available from: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=15585.

Amir LH, Pirotta MV. Medicines for breastfeeding women: a postal survey of general practitioners in Victoria, Australia. Melbourne: Mother & Child Health Research, La Trobe University 2010.
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Amir LH, Pirotta MV. Medicines for breastfeeding women: a postal survey of general practitioners in Victoria (Letter). Med J Aust 2009;191(2):126. Available from: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2009/191/2/medicines-breastfeeding-women-postal-survey-general-practitioners-victoria.

Amir LH. Medicines and breastfeeding: information is available on safe use (Letter). Med J Aust 2007;186(9):485. Available from: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2007/186/11/medicines-and-breastfeeding-information-available-safe-use.