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Medications and Mothers' Milk: A Manual of Lactational Pharmacology [Paperback]

Thomas W. Hale
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Medications and Mothers' Milk is now considered the best source of medication information for breastfeeding patients in the world. This new updated version continues to expand, adding numerous new drugs and making changes in existing drugs. Most of the world's latest data on medications affecting breastfeeding mothers and babies are in this new edition, providing you with the most up-to-date information on the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers. Packed with more than 900 drugs, diseases, vaccines, and other material, this easy-to-use reference provides the clinician or mother with easily understood recommendations about the use of medications while breastfeeding.

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I have used Hale's for years. It is an excellent, regularly updated reference that I consider to be a must-have for anyone advising breastfeeding mothers about medication.
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This manual is a must for all those working in perinatology and lactation. Rapid and decisive answers to all questions concerning transfer of medications into human milk. Format is very user-friendly and quick consultation is possible. Up to date as it is revised every two years. Every physician should own one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Medications and Mothers Milk June 29 2010
By Lactation Services - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best comprehensive book available for Lactation Consultants like myself. It truly explains how each different medication can effect breastfeeding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd had this book when I was nursing! Aug. 15 2010
By Sarah C - Published on Amazon.com
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Nursing my children, that is! I now buy it for all new moms that I know plan to breastfeed. It thoroughly covers everything from Benadryl to Benzodiazepines, Antibiotics to Antacids, Antidepressants to Antifungals to pain medications! I hate to say it but most doctors are clueless and will as a blanket policy tell a mom to "wean your child and take this medication." Not only is it handy for showing the doctor how wrong he is, for finding alternative, safer medications - but it also includes Pregnancy safety category ratings, for moms-to-be. A very useful tool for any mom in any stage of pregnancy or breastfeeding, well worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding reference book Aug. 18 2010
By Linda A Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot say enough about Dr. Hale's latest edition of Medications and Mothers' Milk. Dr. Hale has been a leader in the field of breastfeeding and medications and I do not go a day without referring to this outstanding reference book. His information is current, referenced and accurate. A must have for any health care professional whether they be physician, nurse, lactation consultant, dentist...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough, easy-to-use reference for healthcare providers July 22 2011
By C.C.M. - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a maternal child health nurse, and I'm often asked by clients whether medications are safe for them to take while breastfeeding, particularly antidepressants and other psychiatric medications. Although I first and foremost tell my clients they need to have this discussion with their doctors, this book enables me to educate myself so that I can share basic information about possible risks vs. benefits with clients so they have a good starting point. This book gives very specific information about safety data for use during breastfeeding for every medication you can think of. It also has detailed information about the pharmacokenetics of the medications in breast milk. I wish every healthcare provider in the fields of OB, family practice, pediatrics, and psychiatry had this on his/her bookshelf. As a patient myself, I've found that some physicians freely admit that they are hesitant to prescribe even necessary medications to a nursing mother because they lack knowledge about medications taken during lactation.

One caveat: I would not recommend this book for consumers without at least basic knowledge of medical research. This book lists the results of studies without much interpretation for those without a good understanding of the limitations inherent in medical research. Similarly, the pharmacokenetic information would probably not be very helpful to someone without some knowledge of pharmacology. This is a book intended for healthcare providers, although an educated healthcare consumer may find it helpful as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have to own! Nov. 9 2011
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must have book for Healthcare practitioners or if you're pregnant/nursing and taking medications. I am a healthcare practitioner and there is no better book than this to know what's safe in pregnancy and lactation. All other sources in regards to lactation say with most medications, "enters breast milk, use caution." This book actually tells you how much of the medication enters breast milk and if that affects the baby. I refer to this all the time and recommend it to my friends. The author has a great website as well that you should visit: [...] . The book also has great tables at the back that lists all of the current available over the counter medications, what will increase/decrease milk production, as well as a list of all the current available hormonal contraceptive pills.
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