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.